Biography

Emre Can

Emre Can is a German footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Emre in our in-depth biography

German footballer Emre Can Photo: Emre Can/Instagram

Emre Can is a German international who currently plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.

The versatile midfielder started his professional career at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Can made seven appearances for the senior team before he moved to German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.

The Frankfurt-born midfielder spent 12 months at Leverkusen and played under Liverpool FC legend Sami Hyypia.

Liverpool FC signed Can in an £8.75m deal from Leverkusen in the 2013 summer transfer window.

Can made his German debut in a 3-1 win over Poland in September 2015. He is a regular part of the national team’s set up.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 12 January 1994
Age: 24 years old
Place of birth: Frankfurt, Germany
Nationality: German
Height: 184cm / 6ft 0 ins
Weight: 82kg / 181 lbs
Wages: £70,000 a week
Transfer value: £8.75 million

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Bayern Munich

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Emre was born in Frankfurt to Turkish parents. He played with his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt until the age of 15.

Can completed a move to German super club Bayern Munich in 2009. The teenager was part of Bayern’s academy.

He started his career as a centre-half before he reverted to midfield when he featured for Bayern Munich II.

The versatile midfielder’s impressive performances earned him a call-up to the senior team.

Can made his Bundesliga debut in a 2-1 win against Nurberg in April 2013.

His first and only Bayern goal came in a 1-0 victory over Freiburg two weeks later.

Emre scored one goal in seven appearances for Bayern before he moved to their Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen

Can signed a four-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen in August 2013 given his path to the Bayern team was blocked by some top midfielders, such as Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xabi Alonso.

Former Liverpool FC captain Hyypia was in charge of Leverkusen and handed the German midfielder his debut for the club in a 2-0 loss to Schalke 04.

Emre rewarded his manager’s faith with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Augsburg to open his Leverkusen account.

Can made his Champions League debut against Manchester United in the Champions League. Leverkusen lost 4-2.

The versatile midfielder went on to score against Augsburg and his hometown club Frankfurt.

He finished the 2013-14 season with four goals and four assists in 39 games in all competitions.

Liverpool FC

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Liverpool FC completed an £9.75m deal from Bayer Leverkusen on 5 June 2014.

The German midfielder signed a five-year contract with the Anfield outfit.

Can started his Reds career under the management of Brendan Rodgers and arrived at the Merseyside club during a transitional phase following their second-placed finish in 2013-14.

Emre made his Liverpool FC debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City at The Etihad.

An ankle injury delayed his first start until October 2014 when Can helped Liverpool FC to secure a 3-2 win at Loftus Road.

Can scored his first Reds goal in sensational style with a long-range strike in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in November 2014.

He earned his first red card for the Premier League side in a humiliating 4-1 loss to Arsenal.

Can was used as a centre-half, a full-back and a midfielder during his first season at the Anfield outfit. He finished the season with one goal and one assist in 48 games in all competitions.

Emre scored his first goal of his second season at Anfield in a 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan after his compatriot Jurgen Klopp replaced Rodgers.

He was a mainstay of Klopp’s team and the talented midfielder produced a world-class assist in Liverpool FC’s 6-1 win at Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final in December 2015.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager used Can in his favoured central midfield role.

Emre was unable to help Liverpool FC avoid a defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Other highlights included a goal in a 6-0 win against Aston Villa and an assist for Philippe Coutinho’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Europa League.

Can featured in Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Klopp’s former team Dortmund at Westfalenstadion. He suffered an ankle problem in their dramatic 4-3 win against the German side in the second leg of their last eight clash.

He returned to help Liverpool FC secure a 3-0 win over Villarreal in the semi-final. Emre completed the 90 minutes of the Reds’ 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel.

The Liverpool FC number 23 scored three goals and made three assists in 47 appearances in all competitions in his third campaign at Anfield.

Photo: Emre Can / Instagram

Can started the 2016-17 season on the bench following a demanding Euro 2016 campaign.

His first meaningful contribution of the season came when he got on the score sheet in a thrilling 4-2 win against Crystal Palace at the end of October.

Emre netted in successive games with a strike in a 6-1 win over Watford at Anfield in November.

Can scored his third goal and made his first assist in six games in the Premier League to hit top form.

Liverpool FC struggled in the second half of the 2017-18 season but Emre helped to get the Reds over the line in the top-four race.

Can scored a long-range effort to secure a 2-1 win against Burnley at Anfield.

Six weeks later, the Germany international scored one of the goals of the season with an overhead kick to secure a 1-0 win at Watford.

The goal earned Can the BBC Goal of the Season and Carling Goal of the Season awards.

His contract situation became a talking point in the first half of the 2017-18 season. Indeed, Can was being linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus.

The German midfielder netted twice in a 4-2 win against Hoffenheim to help Liverpool FC book their place in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage.

Can netted in the group stage in a 6-0 win over Maribor at Anfield.

His first Premier League goal of the 2017-18 season came in a 5-1 win at Brighton before another long-range strike in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town at the end of January.

Can netted his third league goal in a 4-1 win over West Ham February. The midfielder made his final Premier League appearance for Liverpool FC in a 5-0 win over Watford on 17 March.

The German star was a late substitute in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Juventus

Emre completed a free transfer to Serie A champions Juventus from Liverpool FC on 21 June 2018.

Can signed a deal thought to be worth €16m and Juve placed a €50m contract release clause in his contract.

International career

Photo: Emre Can / Instagram

Can had the option to play for Turkey but the versatile midfielder opted to represent Germany.

Emre made his debut in Germany’s 3-1 win against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifying on 4 September.

He was named in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad but his only appearance came in a 2-0 loss to France in the semi-finals.

Can featured in all five of Germany’s games en route to winning the Confederations Cup in 2017.

His first goal for his country came in a 5-1 win against Azerbaijan in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in October 2017.

The Liverpool FC midfielder has scored one goal in 20 appearances for Germany.

Interesting facts about Emre Can

Photo: Emre Can / Instagram

• Can represented Germany at every level from Under-15 to Under-21.

• Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described Can as “one of the biggest talents in German football”.

• Like Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Can is of Turkish descent.

• Former Spurs midfielder and ex-Germany youth coach Steffend Freund said of the Liverpool FC star in 2011: “Emre is the most complete player I’ve ever had in my career.”

• Can has earned admiration from another German legend: Dietmar Hamann. The retired midfielder described the No23 as “physically strong, a good passer and technically gifted”.

• Can joined Hamann as the only two German players to make 100 Premier League appearances for Liverpool FC.

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