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Sahin tears into Reds boss Rodgers

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Sahin was delighted to return to Borussia Dortmund

Nuri Sahin has blamed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for his disappointing six months at Anfield earlier this season.

Sahin, 24, is currently at Borussia Dortmund, after a loan from Real Madrid to Liverpool did not work out earlier this season. He made 12 appearances for the Premier League side, but only completed the 90 minutes four times and three of those games were in the Europa League.

The Turkey international told AS on Thursday that Rodgers had played him out of position as a No. 10, when his best position is deeper in midfield, and the pair had differed about this.

"I did not fail at Liverpool," Sahin said. "Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a '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 am not sorry about it. To play in the red jersey and be in 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, thanks be to God."

Sahin, still a Madrid player but loaned to Dortmund until the summer of 2014, said he had a better relationship with Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, and had been impressed by the Bernabeu side's recent form and especially the 2-1 Champions League win at Old Trafford earlier this month.

"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. People talk more about [referee] Cuneyt Cakir's decision [to send off United's Nani] than Madrid's performance, but Madrid played a very good game. They are going very well. It is not easy to beat Barcelona twice. The truth is Madrid are one of the big favourites for the Champions League."

Sahin featured even less during his season under Mourinho than he did under Rodgers, however he said an injury suffered immediately after joining Madrid had been to blame for his inability to settle in Spain.

"I was injured in the first training session," he said. "If I had not had that problem, I am sure it would have been very different for me. But these things happen in football. I do not want to go over the past."

Although still being mostly used as a substitute since his return to the Westfalenstadion in January, Sahin said he felt much better back at home, and Dortmund were capable of a challenge for this season's Champions League trophy.

"I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect," he said. "After returning to Germany I feel much better. Here my objective is to stay in second place, because the Bundesliga title is difficult. But, with a little bit of luck, we want to go for the Champions League."

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