Emre Can made his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool in Wednesday night's 3-0 win at Stoke City, becoming only the second German player to reach the milestone.

Having signed from Bayer Leverkusen, the Reds No.23 made his bow at the start of the 2014-15 season under Brendan Rodgers, and featured mainly in defence as he made 27 league appearances in his debut campaign.

The 23-year-old now mostly operates in a midfield role but has not abandoned his defensive discipline, leading the team in aerial duels (11) and possession regains (9) during Wednesday's win at the Bet365 Stadium.

Fellow midfielder Dietmar Hamann was the first German to reach a century of league appearances for the Reds, back in November 2002. Can's countryman went on to win six major titles - including the 2005 European Cup - during his seven-year stay at Anfield.

Striker Karl-Heinz Riedle was the first German to sign for Liverpool, manager Roy Evans snapping him up from Borussia Dortmund in 1997. Six more of his compatriots have since signed for the club, with goalkeeper Loris Karius the latest to join the Reds' ranks.

Liverpool defender Joel Matip and former Red Nuri Sahin were both born in Germany but opted to represent Cameroon and Turkey respectively.