Nuri Sahin has claimed the only reason he left Liverpool early is because of the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp again.
The Turkish midfielder was on loan at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers in 2012 from Real Madrid, but had his spell cut short mid-season and he signed for Borussia Dortmund, the club Madrid initially bought him off, instead.
Sahin showed tremendous talent at Liverpool but for some reason, couldn’t adapt to Brendan Rodgers’ demands, with the Northern Irishman oddly using him as a no.10 instead of a deep-lying playmaker.
The player though has claimed he’d have stayed and fought for his opportunities had Klopp not come calling.
“At Liverpool, I started the season very well but once I had an offer from Dortmund in the middle of the season, I just couldn’t resist the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp again, so I decided to leave,” he told Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
“If Dortmund didn’t make an offer for me, then I would have stayed at Liverpool for many more years. But the idea of working again with Jurgen Klopp and competing in the Champions League was very tempting.”
Sahin’s been a solid performer for Dortmund in the intervening years, but it’s fair to say he’s never reached the level of 2010/11, where he was voted Bundesliga Player of the Season after helping Klopp’s team secure the title.
An option for Liverpool at no.6, perhaps…?