Sahin ‘excited’ by Liverpool challenge

Liverpool midfielderNew Liverpool loan midfielder Nuri Sahin believes he can help the Merseyside club get back into the Champions League places this season, according to the BBC.

In a press conference held yesterday, Sahin told the media: “I am looking forward to playing this season and we will do everything to get into top four.”

Sahin, 23, joined Liverpool on a season-long loan to secure regular first team football after a difficult season plagued by injuries at Real Madrid. The midfielder added: “I didn’t play so many games last season so it was important for me to come to a club where I have the chance to play at a high level, and Liverpool is the best club for me right now.”

Sahin decided on a move to Merseyside over Arsenal, and he admitted his decision to join the Anfield club was heavily influenced by what the former Liverpool and now Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso had to say about it. “Xabi said good things,” Sahin explained. “He played a long time for Liverpool and is still in love with the club.”

The German-born Turk added that after watching Liverpool’s performance against Manchester City on Sunday, he is confident that he has made the right decision: “You can see the style of the team is very good. What people told me about Liverpool is what I see now. They are a very big club with a huge history and I think I have made the right choice.”

When asked whether he could envisage a permanent move to Liverpool if he were to have a successful season with the club, Sahin responded by saying “you never know”.

The Turkish midfielder was key to the success of a championship winning Borussia Dortmund side in the 2010-11 season. As a result, he earned a £7 million move to the Bernabeu last summer. However, because of his injury turmoils in the previous campaign, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has told Sahin that his options will be limited at the club following the signing of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that Sahin’s unselfish and dogged style of play in the centre of midfield will allow Steven Gerrard the freedom to press on in attack. Incidentally, Sahin could make his Liverpool debut on Sunday when Liverpool host the team he snubbed to join Merseyside, Arsenal.