Can rose through the youth ranks at Bayern but was not offered a guarantee of playing first team football and opted to join Bayer instead.
“They [Bayern] wanted to keep me. I didn’t want to stay there because I needed game-time. That was the main reason I went to Leverkusen. I was a young player and for a young player the most important thing is to get game-time,” Can was quoted as saying in the Telegraph.
Can made a name for himself at the Bundesliga outfit before earning a £9.75 million move to Liverpool in 2013 under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers.
The Germany international of Turkish origin arrived as a central midfielder but was played predominantly in defence as a centre-back and as a full-back.
It was not until Jurgen Klopp replaced Rodgers that he found himself back in midfield and Can has gone onto establish himself as a key member of the team.
The 22-year-old is expected to start for Liverpool in the Europa League final against Sevilla today.