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Liverpool News: Nuri Sahin Should Be Long-Term Target for Brendan Rodgers

NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:   Nuri Sahin of Liverpool celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on September 29, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 2, 2012

Nuri Sahin needs Liverpool, and Liverpool needs Nuri Sahin

The Turkish international is currently on a year-long loan with the Reds from Real Madrid, and manager Brendan Rodgers, much like most men, isn't ready to commit (via's Tom J. Doyle):

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that it is too early to speculate on whether Nuri Sahin's loan move from Real Madrid will become permanent.

"I don't look beyond the loan period because there are lots of things which will determine whether [Sahin] ever came here [permanently]," Rodgers told reporters.

"One has to be availability. Jose may decide after one year playing he is really the type of player he wants around his squad.

"Two: He might not be affordable. Affordability is important as well. We'd all love Lionel Messi but whether you can afford him or he's available is another thing."

While those things are undoubtedly true, Rodgers shouldn't hesitate in making Sahin, at the very least, a long-term target, regardless of the fact that in the end, Jose Mourinho will hold the negotiating power. 

The 24-year-old midfielder, who broke onto the national scene as one of Germany's best players with Borussia Dortmund before flaming out because of injuries with Real Madrid, was a serious risk coming to Anfield.

Would he return to his Borussia form? Or would his injuries continue to hold him down in one of the world's top leagues?

Well, it's still early, but I'm pretty sure those questions have been emphatically answered. 

Sahin already has three goals in four appearances across all competitions and has drawn praise as a "master technician" from Rodgers

Because of Sahin's history, a loan was a good way for Liverpool, a team in need of impact players for a discount, to kick the tires. Consider the tires kicked, and consider said kicking successful.

It's clear that, without the pressure and in-team competition that comes from being at Real Madrid, Sahin is back to the top form he displayed when leading Dortmund to a Bundesliga title. Not only is he benefiting from a new setting, but Liverpool, which still clearly needs help on other parts of the pitch, is benefiting from his arrival. 

This should be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. 

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