Nuri Sahin, long-time Borussia Dortmund midfielder, spoke to SPOX and goal reveal that his then coach Jürgen Klopp once threw him out of team training while they were together at BVB. Nevertheless, the former Turkish international only found words of praise for the future world coach.
“It was either 2009 or 2010. He said I should go because I had an argument with another player,” said Sahin, explaining: “I was young and I thought I already knew everything. I thought I was right . ” The reprimand was a headache for the young player: “When I got there the next day, I thought that might be it for me. He might kick me out of the squad or something. But he came and it was like nothing had happened.”
For the now 32-year-old, this reaction was a key moment for his collaboration with Klopp: “It was a moment in which I realized that I had him on my side, even if I was wrong. That gives a lot of strength when you notice something like that in your trainer. “
Sahin therefore not only praised the coaching qualities, but above all the human side of today’s Liverpool trainer: “What I love most about him is that he is human. He touches you on a human level. Jürgen does not lie. He is, who he is. That’s one of the factors that make him so successful. “
While Klopp became the world coach after the prestigious period in Dortmund with the Reds, Sahin, who was once loaned out to Liverpool, is now playing at Antalyaspor. Together, the two surprisingly won the 2011 German championship before the Turkish player moved to Real Madrid as Player of the Season.