"Thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers."
The quite unforgettable words uttered by Nuri Sahin last week, when speaking about his time on loan from Real Madrid at Liverpool earlier on in the season.
Sahin had his year-long agreement cut short in January, freeing him up to join former side Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the campaign instead.
The Turk had fallen well out of favour at Anfield, failing to make the bench on a number of occasions, and blamed his poor displays on being played out of position behind the striker by his manager, even when he questioned it.
"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."
At the weekend he let his on-pitch performance do the talking, and it was quite a display.
The 24-year-old was making his second Bundesliga start, and produced a 'special' performance as it has been described, helping Borussia Dormund demolish Freiburg 5-1.
Sahin scored two goals and assisted another, with statisticians whoscored.com awarding him a performance rating of 10/10.
Intriguingly he was not played in the position he complained about being utilised in at Liverpool, but playing as one of the two deeper midfield players in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sahin touched the ball 112 times in the match, more than anybody else on the pitch, being at the heart of everything and having six shots on goal.
It was by far and away the best display he had put on since returning to Dortmund, and arguably his very best since leaving there for Real Madrid in the first place.
With Liverpool sinking without trace 3-1 to Southampton at the weekend, and shortly after his comments made about Rodgers, his performance could not have been better timed.
It only served to highlight what a terrific player he can be, and question why Brendan Rodgers did not get this sort of display out of him, or persist with him during his time at Anfield.
Who is to blame for Sahin's failed Liverpool experience? Manager or player?
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