Nuri Şahin's first, and so far only, stint at Anfield was disappointing for both the player and the club. Şahin arrived on loan from Real Madrid to help usher in the Brendan Rodgers era in the fall of 2012. Despite scoring 3 goals and assisting on 3 others in 12 appearances, the player failed to impress the new manager.
It was perhaps an early sign of things to come under Rodgers that the Turkish international would be pushed down the pecking order, and played out of his natural position when he did get a chance. Ultimately, Şahin would return to Madrid early, having his year-long loan cancelled in the January window.
Normally that would be the end of the story for a promising young talent that briefly crossed paths with Liverpool, but Şahin thrived under Klopp during two separate spells with his Borussia Dortmund sides (2005-2011, 2013-now). So naturally that would mean he would want to reunite with Klopp at Liverpool, right? Well, not so fast. The latest round of rumors seem to come from an interview with Sport1 back in April, when Dortmund and Liverpool were about to face off in the Europa League quarterfinals.
"We worked together for seven, eight years," Şahin explained. "I know him well and I have a great relationship with Klopp."
So, we have a two sentence quote from two months ago saying precisely zero. Seems legit.