Liverpool captured a player described as an 'exciting young talent' when Emre Can became their third signing of the summer transfer window in July 2014.
The midfielder had represented his country across all youth levels and captained the U17s through their World Cup campaign in 2011 - a fact that also evidenced his budding leadership skills.
His progress had been closely monitored by top clubs since the start of his youth career at SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt, where it was evident Can boasted brilliance beyond his years.
In 2009, Bayern Munich recognised his talents and secured his signature. In a bid to aid his acceleration into first-team football, the German giants sold him to Leverkusen in August 2013.
"Emre Can is one of the biggest talents in German football," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the time. "With this step, we want to make sure he gets enough playing practice, for example like Toni Kroos had at Leverkusen, Philipp Lahm at Stuttgart or David Alaba at Hoffenheim."
But Can's performances while at Leverkusen attracted the interest of Liverpool.
He shone in both the Bundesliga and Champions League, making his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the latter tournament.
As the midfielder eyed the crucial next step in his development, a deal was agreed in principle with Leverkusen for a move to Merseyside, which was officially rubber-stamped a month later, in time for pre-season.
2014-15 saw Can emerge as one of the Premier League's best young players, with assured performances in both defence and defensive midfield belying his tender years.
His first Liverpool goal came against Chelsea in November 2014, and he continued to make key contributions throughout his maiden campaign on Merseyside.
The arrival of Jürgen Klopp at Anfield only heightened the German's standing within the squad, and he played a huge role in the Reds reaching the finals of both the Europa League and League Cup in 2015-16.
Can is now a regular in his preferred midfield role for the Reds, and will hope to continue establishing himself as a force in that position during Klopp's first full season in charge.