As another international break (finally, belatedly, mercifully) draws to a close, Liverpool players have started to make their way back to Anfield. Emre Can was one of the Merseyside contingent to have an influential showing, scoring a debut wonder goal for Germany in a perfunctory 5-1 dismissal of Azerbaijan.
Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, the midfielder took one touch and sent a rocket past the the outstretched arms of Kamran Agayev, who appeared to be beaten more by the pure velocity of the shot than its placement.
While the 23-year-old dynamo doesn’t put the ball in the back of the net nearly enough by his own admission, when he does score, they more often than not tend to be worldies.
Can took to Instagram to commemorate his first goal for the national team
“Perfect qualification with a perfect end! 10games 10 wins Very happy to score my first international goal for Germany #roadtorussia #EC14”
The goal was the final of a stunning 43 goals the Bavarians scored over the course of a 10-game World Cup qualifying campaign, all wins, cementing their position as heavy favorites going into the 2018 tournament in Russia.
However, the German starlet returns to a Liverpool schedule that is decidedly much less of a cakewalk, with the wounded but still formidable Manchester United at the weekend, followed by a must-win Champions League group match and a Premier League date with Tottenham, all over the course of eight days.
Jürgen Klopp will be hoping that his compatriot can keep his shooting boots on as the Reds will most certainly be needing them.