Nuri Sahin sticks it to Brendan Rodgers by becoming CL semi-finalist

Nuri Sahin Penalty

Nuri Sahin was glad he left Liverpool. And he made those comments before he reached the Champions League semi-final!

'I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Those were the immortal words uttered by Nuri Sahin last month when talking about his departure from Liverpool, and he may be searching for an even higher power to thank after last night.

Sahin's Liverpool loan was cut short at the mutual request of player and Liverpool management in January, with the midfielder out of favour at Anfield and unhappy at being played out of position.

Still a Real Madrid player, the Spaniards permitted him to rejoin former club Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.

And it might just be the best decision he ever was party to.

Instead of twiddling his thumbs in the Liverpool stands, Sahin is on course for Champions League glory, helping Dortmund edge past Malaga in a thrilling encounter last night.

Dortmund were heavy favourites to beat the La Liga side last night, but twice came unstuck to the counter attack. Nuri Sahin came on with the game at 1-1, only for Malaga to take the lead eight minutes later.

It meant with 10 minutes to go plus injury time, Dortmund need two goals - and amazingly heading into injury time they scored twice in a minute to win 3-2 on the night and on aggregate.

The stadium went wild and Dortmund progressed, with Sahin wrapped up in the emotion of the occasion as the club where he made his name progressed to their best Champions League run since they won the competition back in 1997.

The way the season has panned out for the midfielder is a dream, and one he would not have seen coming. Certainly not last summer after agreeing a switch to Anfield.

But he certainly will not be complaining. Even though he was not a starter in the quarter-final, Sahin played 20 minutes and was on the pitch for the dramatics at the end. 

Whatever happens next, last night is not a moment he will be forgetting in a hurry. Liverpool is probably a distant memory already.

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