Liverpool new boy Emre Can has expressed his delight at securing a move to Anfield and says the opportunity to continue playing in the Champions League was too good to turn down.
The Germany Under-21 international became The Reds' third signing of the summer on Thursday, a month after the club announced they had clinched an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for his services.
Though Can already has a handful of appearances in Europe's premier club competition, he admits the opportunity to continue his football education with Liverpool on such an illustrious stage was an offer he couldn't refuse.
"It was an easy decision for me to sign with Liverpool as I had a very good chat with the manager, which clearly showed that the club and he wanted to sign me," he said. "This was important for me. I can say it was an easy decision for me.
"Playing in the Champions League is a dream come true for every footballer. I have a total of seven Champions League games now, and those sorts of matches are not comparable to any other games.
"I hope we will progress as far as we can and I am looking to compete against the best teams in Europe. I believe we will play a good role in next year's competition."
Despite being just 20 years of age, Can already has a wealth of experience having learned his trade at Bayern Munich before spending last season at Leverkusen.
His spell at Bayern exposed him to the talents of the likes of Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger and Can is hopeful of transferring what he learned during those training sessions onto the pitch for Liverpool.
"There were a couple of players (I learned from)," Can said. "At Bayern Munich, for example, there was Franck Ribery, who I got along with very well and who I have spoken with a lot.
"He obviously became European Footballer of the Year, hence there is a lot to learn from him on the training pitch. In my position especially, I also learned a lot from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Luiz Gustavo. They helped my development."