Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has hit out at Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his unsuccessful loan spell at Anfield.
Sahin joined Liverpool from Real Madrid on a season-long deal in August but the agreement was terminated in January after the Turkish playmaker made just seven English Premier League appearances.
The 24-year-old has since sealed an 18-month loan move to former side Dortmund and blamed Rodgers for playing him in the wrong position during his time on Merseyside.
“I did not fail at Liverpool,” Sahin told AS. “Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a (number) 10, but I do not play behind the forwards. I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position.
“The boss could not answer me … still, I do not regret it. To play in the red jersey and at Anfield is something marvellous. Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy, but I have left Brendan Rodgers, thank God.”
Sahin insisted his relationship with Jose Mourinho remains healthy despite his lack of opportunities in Madrid.
He said recent results over Manchester United and, domestically, Barcelona prove Real’s credentials in the Champions League.
“We speak often on the telephone,” he said.
“We chat about football and life. The boss feels good. I believe the game against Manchester United is very important for Madrid. Now they are in a perfect position.”