Speculation that Jurgen Klopp could try to re-sign Nuri Sahin for Liverpool in the January transfer window can almost certainly be dismissed.
It was a headline, on the Daily Express‘ website, which certainly piqued out interest. Klopp is already proving brilliant value for the media, but now he’s had a pop at his predecessor? Juicy.
Well, not exactly. The ‘slamming’ was Klopp suggesting Sahin was played in the wrong position by Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool…and it came in 2013 after the midfielder returned to Dortmund after cutting short his loan spell.
“It was the wrong position [for Sahin to play],” Klopp said back then.
“If you are a No. 8 or 6 and you have to as a No. 9 or 10 – it’s not possible.
“For some guys of course it’s possible, but Nuri’s a brilliant player – not nine-and-a-half and not 10 – and I don’t know why Brendan Rodgers would do this.”
Still, the Express mentioned ‘reports’ that Klopp wants to re-sign Sahin for Liverpool so the speculation must have come from somewhere, right? Right?
Incredibly, the newspaper says it is the Liverpool Echo which made the original claim. Perhaps we’ve dismissed this rumour too quickly, after all. To the Liverpool Echo website we go…
There is indeed an article on there about Sahin’s possible return to Anfield but, perhaps unsurprisingly, that too refers to ‘reports’ from elsewhere. The damn rumour mill has sent us scuttling onto Google looking for the original source.
And here it is, a flimsy opinion piece on HITC in which a writer asks whether Klopp should consider giving Sahin another chance. ‘If he can prove his fitness then who knows? Perhaps another loan spell to Anfield beckons,’ the article reads. Half a day later, we get the headline ‘Klopp to sign Dortmund midfielder’.
If you didn’t laugh you’d definitely cry…
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