Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin is being linked with a surprise return to Anfield, according to reports on Monday.
Turkish source AMK claim that the midfielder could re-join the Reds, in order to link up with former manager Jurgen Klopp.
The German was a keen admirer of the Turkey international during his Dortmund days, with Sahin winning the Bundesliga Player of the Year award under him, back in 2011/12.
The 27-year-old left BVB for Real Madrid in 2011, however, but having failed to make the grade at Santiago Bernabeu, Liverpool signed him on loan in August 2012.
Sahin’s time on Merseyside was really disappointing, where he managed just 12 appearances before his loan move was cut short early. This was mainly down to the fact that he was consistently played out of position by Brendan Rodgers.
He is a fantastic deep lying midfield player and no of his skills were being utilised, “I thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers” commented Sahin in 2013.
This ironic thing is this is something Klopp picked up on; “It was the wrong position. If you are a No. 8 or 6 and you have to as a No. 9 or 10 it’s not possible. For some guys of course it’s possible, but Nuri’s a brilliant player, not nine-and-a-half and not 10 . I don’t know why Brendan Rodgers would do this.”
Showing his faith in his ability, Klopp re-signed Sahin, where he was greeted with open arms by him and the faithful fans.
Since then Sahin has spoken of his affection for the Reds despite his short and somewhat ill-fated time at Liverpool. “Itwas a short but very nice time. I cannot say anything bad about this club. It was my desire to go back to Borussia. What I will never forget is the training ground. As a club Liverpool is great.”
Following on from his move to Dortmund Sahin has found first-team football hard to come by at Signal Iduna Park, with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Julian Weigl first-choice under Thomas Tuchel.
This may change now that Gundogan has signed for Manchester City. However the thought of him forming a partnership with Emre Can in midfield is a mouth-watering one.
Sahin played in the correct position, under a manager who understands him, can motivate and inspire….that’s like we have just re-wound the clock back and talking about Xabi Alonso and Rafa Benetiz.