STATS: Were Liverpool wrong to pass up on Nuri Sahin?

Nuri Sahin Penalty

Nuri Sahin's performance for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, when compared to Joe Allen's, suggests Liverpool may rue letting him go.

Was Nuri Sahin given a fair crack of the whip at Liverpool?

The creative midfielder lasted just five months at Anfield before a season-long loan agreement with Real Madrid was ripped up.

Admittedly, the 26-year-old struggled to produce his best in England but he always appeared to be more of a bit-part player in the eyes of Brendan Rodgers than a key cog.

That is unfortunate for the Turkey international as he was billed as a potential global superstar when leaving Borussia Dortmund for Real Madrid in 2011.

Spells in La Liga and the Premier League saw Sahin lose his way somewhat, with a return to Germany required to get him back on track.

He has, however, started to show why he was so highly regarded in the first place and why Real and Liverpool should have shown greater faith in his ability.

The numbers he posted during Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht make for impressive reading and put him head and shoulders above Joe Allen – a man Rodgers spent £15 million on in the hope of making him the focal point of Liverpool’s passing game.

  TeamMatchTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesMins Played
Nuri Sahin Dortmund Dortmund vs Anderlecht 85 83 98 90
  TeamMatchTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesMins Played
Joe Allen Liverpool Liverpool vs Basel 72 60 82 90

Sahin misplaced just two passes during a 1-1 draw in Dortmund, giving him a completion rate of 97.6 per cent.

In contrast, Allen could muster a figure of just 83.3 per cent as Liverpool toiled during a 1-1 draw with Basel and ultimately tumbled out of Europe’s premier club competition at the group stage.

The Reds midfielder also falls considerably short of Sahin’s benchmark in terms of touches, with the Wales international failing to take control of a contest his side had to win.

It is difficult to pass judgement on the value of two players based on one 90-minute showing, but given that both were on display in front of their own supporters and both of the fixtures they were involved in ended 1-1, you have to say that Sahin is offering more to the cause of his Bundesliga employers than a man following in his footsteps on Merseyside.

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