Nuri Sahin went to Liverpool on loan at the start of the season from Real Madrid. He went there with a big reputation and was obviously expecting to quickly become indispensible to the first team.
However, what happened was something very different. He didn’t work his way into a starting place regularly and he places the blame for that squarely on the shoulders of Brendan Rodgers.
Sahin claims it’s Rodgers’ fault because he was being asked to play out of position. Well, that’s not really his fault because in the first part of the season Liverpool only had one striker in Luis Suarez. So much for the good of the team.
If Sahin was expecting to play in his normal midfield role then surely he must have been aware of the sheer volume of players at Liverpool who can all play central and wide positions.
Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Suso, Jonjo Shelvey, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, the list goes on and on. You’d think for a player desperate for first team games, he’d be happy to change positions for the manager just to get some starts under his belt.
Liverpool and Rodgers won’t be too bothered about the sour grapes being thrown in their direction because Rodgers has been proven very much right over the course of the season.
Liverpool have completely transformed their fortunes over the second half of the season, as they now look odds on for European football again next year and many will admit, they have played some of the best football in the Premier League this season.
Rodgers has a group of players together who all seem to be happy and enjoying life at the club, suggesting that Sahin had problems personally which had nothing to do with the club or the gaffer.
Either way, he should respect the manager and what he’s being asked to do. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck don’t throw their toys out of the pram at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson tells them to play in the midfield, out of position.
It’s a case of professionalism and effectively doing what you’re told to do by the person who controls the side. In this respect his attitude was poor and because things didn’t work out along the lines of his preconceived notions, he’s venting that from the security and safety of Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Liverpool fans, what do you make of Sahin’s comments?
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