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Sahin: Liverpool can emulate Bundesliga champions

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Klopp was a huge influence on Sahin's success at Dortmund (©GettyImages)
Klopp was a huge influence on Sahin's success at Dortmund (©GettyImages).

Liverpool’s summer loan signing from Real Madrid, Nuri Sahin, believes new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers can emulate Jurgen Klopp’s work at Borussia Dortmund.

Sahin was part of the Dortmund team that came back form the brink of bankruptcy to win their first Bundesliga title in nine years, two seasons ago, and he believes there are distinct similarities between Klopp and Rodgers.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Liverpool and Rodgers has come under fire for his stubborn persistence over the style of the Merseyside club’s play, but Sahin claimed it was similar when Klopp first took over at the Westfalenstadion.

“It will take time to take Liverpool back to where it wants to be," Sahin told Liverpool's offical website.

"When Klopp came we did not have a squad to be champions. He changed a lot, bringing his own philosophy in. It took a while for everybody to follow it.

"He had to be calm and consistent. If you go on this way, in the first two or three weeks, okay, you might not get the results, but in the long-term it will go your way if you don't change it.

"The club gave Klopp the time to do this and it worked out very well. But as a character he is a person who relates to the player. I can see Brendan doing the same. Brendan's character was very influential in me coming here."

Rodgers was praised while in charge at Swansea City for staying faithful to the Barcelona-esque system he implemented there, despite having minimal resources, but the difference in pressure at a club like Liverpool is evident in some of the doom-mongering that has gone on after a disappointing start to the season.

Sahin comparing Rodgers to Klopp is high praise for the Northern Irishman and it is a welcome prediction for Liverpool fans, as Dortmund won their second title in succession last season.

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