Nuri Sahin Says Xabi Alonso Convinced Him To Join Liverpool

Turk says teammate told him to make Anfield switch.

Nuri Sahin says former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso convinced him to join Liverpool.

The Turk completed his season-long loan switch from Real Madrid on Friday, after rejecting the chance to join Arsenal.

And the 23-year-old has revealed that Alonso, who spent five seasons on Merseyside before joining Real, told him to join Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“I spoke with Xabi lots of times,” Sahin told the Liverpool Echo.

“When he heard Liverpool were interested in me, he started telling me about Liverpool. He is still in love with Liverpool Football Club. It’s crazy how he was telling me about Liverpool.

“He was saying ‘go there, you will love it. The fans will take care of you and love you’ and things like that.

“He said Anfield is the best stadium in the world. Xabi won a lot of trophies here, and hopefully we can do that too.”

Sahin did not sign in time to be involved in Liverpool’s match against Manchester City on Sunday but is looking forward to his first taste of the famous Anfield atmosphere.

“I am looking forward to watching the game,” he said.

“I have heard so many good things about Anfield. I come from a very big club, Borussia Dortmund, and there we also had very big crowds. Madrid also has a huge stadium.

“I am looking forward to Anfield because everyone says it is the best stadium in the world.”

And the Turkish international also said he can’t wait to play under Rodgers, who has come highly recommended by Real boss Jose Mourinho.

“Mourinho told me that English football, especially the Premier League, is the best to enjoy as a footballer,” he said.

“He also told me about how he and Brendan Rodgers worked together at Chelsea and that he’s a good coach and person. That’s important for me. It’s not only football, it was very important for me to have someone who I can speak with.

“Brendan has told me about his ideas for how he wants to play football and where he sees me on the field in the team. I was impressed at how he loves football.”

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