Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is confident that the club can put a bad season behind them and use the signing of Roberto Firmino to help inspire a Premier League title challenge in 2016.
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Despite finishing second in the 2013-14 season, the most-recently completed campaign saw us fall to a disappointing sixth place. We were also knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage and were beaten in two domestic cup semi-finals.
The Reds hierarchy has been quick to respond, signing five new players, including Brazilian international Firmino – a player Can knows well from his time in Germany.
Speaking about the former Hoffenheim player, Can is quoted by ESPN as saying: “I am looking forward to playing with him. He will help us greatly with his qualities. The quality of the squad is very high.”
Can was also in a positive mood about our upcoming Premier League campaign, he added: “The 25-year drought can come to an end soon. Of course it is realistic to win titles with Liverpool.
“Liverpool FC is a top club. Looking at history and tradition, it is one of the greatest clubs in the world. That is why I decided to go there.
“Regrettably we performed below our expectations last season, but I think we can compete for the title next year. Everybody in the team has to believe that it’s possible.”
The 21-year-old was one of the standout performers for us last season. He was called into action as an emergency defender and found a new home as part of our back three, turning in a number of fine performances. Although his consistency began to deteriorate in the final weeks of the season, he certainly proved his immense potential.