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Nuri Şahin: 'Thank God I Have Left Brendan Rodgers'

14/03/2013 13:36 GMT

Nuri Şahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for playing him out of position and thanked God he ended his loan spell at Anfield early.

Şahin arrived from Real Madrid in the summer but only made 12 appearances and scored three times for the Reds, before returning to Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is adamant he was not a failure in the Premier League and instead blamed Rodgers' management.

"I did not fail at Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a number 10. But I do not play behind the strikers," Şahin told AS.

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Şahin was unimpressed by Rodgers

"I talked to him and asked him why he was playing me there. It is not my real position. The coach could not answer me … Still, no regrets. To play at Anfield was a wonderful experience. And maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy. Thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers."

Arsenal were also interested in signing Şahin, who ironically cited Rodgers as one of the key factors in him joining Liverpool.

"The only reason I am here is that I know that I can play football, I know that I have a manager who trusts in me and the way I play, and I am at a huge club," he added. "I made my own mind up about Brendan Rodgers."

Şahin, who earned a £6m move to Real Madrid on the back of Dortmund's title-winning 2010-11 campaign, admitted he feels "much better" being back in Germany.