From Riedle to Emre Can – Liverpool’s German connection

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With Liverpool pursuing former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp to take over at Anfield, Press Association Sport looks at how other Germans have fared at the club.

KARL-HEINZ RIEDLE
(1997-1999, 76 matches, 15 goals. Honours: 0)

Signed as experienced support for Robbie Fowler, he was relegated to a back-up option by the emergence of Michael Owen.

DIETMAR HAMANN
(1999-2006, 283 matches 11 goals. Honours: Champions League, UEFA Cup, 2x FA Cup, 2x League Cup)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 15, 2001: Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann and Everton's Thomas Graveson during the Premiership match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Provided central midfield defensive cover for a young tyro named Steven Gerrard. Was one of the best in the business in that role.

MARKUS BABBEL
(2000-2004, 73 matches, 6 goals. Honours: UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup)

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Played in 60 of 63 games in the treble-winning year of 2001 and his qualities were under-rated. Would have enjoyed longer success had he not been struck down by the debilitating Guillan-Barre syndrome.

CHRISTIAN ZIEGE
(2000-2001, 32 matches, 2 goals. Honours: League Cup)

Controversy accompanied his signing from Middlesbrough – for which Liverpool were fined for an illegal approach – but it was a short-lived move lasting just one season.

SAMED YESIL
(2012 – to date, matches 2)

ST HELENS, ENGLAND - Monday, October 7, 2013: Liverpool's Samed Yesil in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Prolific at youth team level for Bayer Leverkusen the Germany Under-21 international’s career has not taken off at Liverpool due to two cruciate knee ligament injuries.

Currently out on loan with Swiss side Luzern.

EMRE CAN
(2014 – to date, matches 51, goals 1)

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Signed as a midfielder, played mainly in defence by Brendan Rodgers the Germany international has yet to settle in one position. Best form has been as a third centre-back.

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