Emre Can hasn’t been thought of highly around Anfield since he departed Liverpool two years ago.

The German international midfielder left the Reds on a free transfer, running down his contract for a big-money deal with Juventus.

Liverpool fans were angered at the way in which the 26-year-old left the club, opting to turn his nose up at a new deal in order to sign a lucrative contract in Italy.

Can has had a torrid time since his departure though, struggling to hold down a permanent spot in the Juventus line up.

After just eight appearances in the first-half of the season, and after being left out of their Champions League squad, the former Reds midfielder joined Borussia Dortmund on loan.

While Can was looking for a new club during January, there was an approach a huge rival of Liverpool which never materialised.

That club, of course, was Manchester United who have endured one of football’s biggest rivalries with the Merseyside outfit over the years.

Can opted for a return to Germany though, and has told Sky Sports Germany that he turned down a move to United because of his Liverpool past.

While it certainly isn’t a case of ‘all is forgiven’ for the midfielder, Reds supporters will be delighted that he has finally shown some loyalty to the club.

Liverpool gave the German international a huge opportunity to be part of a special squad, that has achieved so much since his move away from Anfield.

Can’s final appearance of his 167 for the club came in a European Cup final to forget, as they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev.

Twelve months later, Liverpool returned to the final of the competition and lifted the trophy for a sixth time, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid.

While Can has been struggling to force his way into the Juventus side this season, the Reds have also lifted the Super Cup and World Club Cup while moving within six points of their first ever Premier League title.

It has been a contrast in fortunes for the midfielder and his former club, and while his actions at Liverpool may never be forgiven, his latest comments regarding United will help towards healing the relationship.

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