Liverpool have established themselves as the best football team in the world bar none in the last two years. The Reds have done this despite key players forcing moves away from the club, anxious to win trophies and without faith that they could win them at Anfield. One such player now plies his trade at Borussia Dortmund but things could have been different, Emre Can has admitted he turned down Manchester United in January.
Emre Can left Liverpool shortly after the 2018 Champions League final, joining Juventus on a free transfer.
The German midfielder had become an important part of Jürgen Klopp’s squad due to his versatility and determination.
However, ambition got the better of him and he jetted off to Italy in search of glory.
The following year he was forced to watch on at home as his former club lifted the Champions League in Madrid.
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Since his move to Juve his fortunes have waned, he had a solid first season but quickly found himself frozen out when Maurizio Sarri arrived.
Come January he was looking for a move, he was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund. Emre Can has confirmed in an interview with Kicker that he had an offer from Manchester United but he ‘didn’t think about it for a second’ due to his history at Anfield.
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Whilst he don’t necessarily like him anymore, rejecting United because of his Liverpool allegiance is a good way to start repairing relations.
Emre is just one of a long list of players that have forced their way out of Anfield for greener pastures only to see The Reds achieve great success the following season – Philippe Coutinho and Michael Owen also learned the hard way.
Thankfully, he learned the error of his ways at Juve and paid penance, he’s now back on track in the Bundesliga – we wish him well.