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Video: Nuri Sahin v. Norwich City

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Luis Suarez stole the show with his hat-trick, but back in the midfield Nuri Şahin put together his best Liverpool performance to date, showing versatility, quality, and class in the club's 5-2 win over Norwich City.

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You can see a Luis Suarez compliation here, which you'll obviously want to given the goals he got and the overall performance he put together. It goes without saying that his finishing will be an important part of Liverpool's success or failure as far as results go; there's unquestioned promise in the club's youth in attack, but the goals won't be there on a consistent basis yet, and Suarez will have to carry the burden, for better or worse. Days like yesterday won't be the norm for the Uruguayan, but his ability to find a groove moving forward is critical.

A groove for Liverpool's midfield will also be important, with Joe Allen the only consistent performer to this point. Steven Gerrard's been up and down, Jonjo Shelvey's exciting but a little raw, and, leading into this week, Nuri Şahin's ability to make an impact was unknown. After a year spent mostly on the sidelines with Real Madrid, there was rust evident, and a start against Arsenal at Anfield proved far too soon.

But this past Wednesday at the Hawthorns gave us a more extended (and hopefully accurate) depiction of his capabilities, and today only strengthened the view that he's got the potential to be one the squad's more impressive and influential players.

He floated between more advanced and withdrawn roles at times, interchanging with Steven Gerrard occasionally; Joe Allen was the holding midfielder, and regardless of where he was positioned, the Turkish international again showed promise in making smart, incisive runs to support the attack and timely challenges to win back possession on the defensive end. His class and confidence on the ball is clear, with a number of neat flicks and knock-ons to buy himself time and space until he finds the right pass.

Nuri Şahin may only be at Liverpool for this season, and it pains to think about the possibility that he could become one of their most important players and then leave once the loan's up. But for now he's turned in two high-level performances in two consecutive matches, so let's just let ourselves enjoy that for a bit.


Video by Mostar via FootyLounge