Out-on-loan Real Madrid star Nuri Sahin insists he joined Liverpool on a season-long loan after being enticed by Brendan Rodgers’ promises of playing an attractive passing game.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder joined the club during the summer after spending his first season at the Bernabeu largely confined to the substitutes bench. Liverpool fended off interest from Arsenal and reportedly Manchester United to secure the services of the Turkey international, and Sahin himself has revealed that how Rodgers instructs his side to play the game was imperative in his decision to move to Anfield.
"We want people to watch us and say, 'Oh, it is Liverpool, they are playing their way,” Sahin said, speaking to Liverpool’s official website.
"I came here because the manager told me how he wanted to play and it's important for a player to have that knowledge. You have to make the right choice because I'm not the kind of player who can play in a long-ball side.
"The way that Brendan wants to play is one I'm comfortable with."
Even at 24, Sahin has clocked up experience in the Bundesliga, the Eredivisie and La Liga, and with the exception of his sole season in Madrid, to great success. But has highlighted the highly charged experience of the Premier League as something he has never encountered before, but a challenge he continues to relish.
"It's a very tough league and every team has their own style," Sahin continued. "I have never played in games such as the ones against Stoke and Everton before.
"Each team has their own style and these are all things that are new to me.
"That is probably the thing that has surprised me most but also makes me happy because it's a very tough league and every team has its own story."