Midfielder Nuri Sahin has had his season-loan terminated with Liverpool and has instead returned to his former club, Borussia Dortmund, on an 18-month loan from Real Madrid.
Sahin, 24, was seen as a major signing for Brendan Rodgers when Liverpool fought off competition from Arsenal to bring the talented midfielder to the Premier League.
Instead though, Sahin has struggled with life at Liverpool – where Rodgers has used him in a more advanced role than the one he was used to and where he played at Dortmund before prompting his move to Real Madrid.
In December, Sahin explained “I’ve played my whole career deeper – that’s my position. But I have played as a number ten here. It was new for me but I tried my best to help the team.”
Sahin impressed early on, particularly in the games away to West Brom (League Cup when he scored a brace) and Norwich. From there he started the next five League games, against Stoke, Reading, Everton, Newcastle and Chelsea. Since then he hasn’t started a League game and the most notable incident was his broken nose in the Europa League game at Udinese.
Whether Sahin’s failure to work out at Liverpool is down to the player himself, the manager, or a combination of both is open for debate.
On his return to Dortmund, Nuri said “I am happy to be home again. My contact with the club officials, players and coaches never stopped in the past year and a half. I hope I can quickly help the team.”
The Turk leaves Liverpool having made a total of 12 appearances, scoring three times.
Best of luck for the future, Nuri.