AGAINST a relatively strong West Brom side midweek, Liverpool’s young-looking side finished the match looking pretty damn special. Everyone on the pitch – bar Downing – stood out and stood up to be counted; each and every one taking their chance to impress. Even Henderson had one of his better games.
For me though, the stand-out performer was Nuri Sahin. Sure, it’s probably easy to say that given that he scored both the Reds’ goals but he would’ve been even without, such was his master-class in the midfield.
Sahin really grew into the game on Wednesday and seemed to take the lead when surrounded by his younger team-mates. Again on Saturday, he was dominant in midfield and made some superb passes. Not only that, but he linked up so well with our two main men, Suarez and Gerrard, that it really gives me hope that we will play (and, score) our way out of this rut yet.
To date, he has played 4 times for Liverpool, scoring 3 goals and having gone and assisted a further 4. For a loan signing, you just don’t expect that kind of return. Even a loan signing from Real Madrid. Of course, you have to take into account that 2 of those came against a changed West Brom side, but this was a slightly weakened West Brom that stuffed us on the opening day and Sahin was surrounding by a veritable kindergarten!
I wrote about Sahin around the time he signed, and I admitted that I knew little about him other than that most of the Reds that had heard of him were immensely positive about his signing and really seemed to feel that we’d pulled off a real coup. Well, just to follow up on those sentiments from 2 months ago: I am now beginning to understand what you were all talking about.
On the other hand, if things don’t work out and he flatters to deceive, then we’ve already lost out and paid his wages for a season for a few goals and not much else. I mean, after what I’ve seen, it’s unlikely that he will; he just looks far too talented to not have a good season but it’s a worry that we’ll get to the end of the season and Madrid will decide that they either want him back or that his great season warrants a hefty price-tag.
But, that is all in the distant future. For now, I guess it’s more sensible to concern ourselves with the ‘right now’ and just enjoy the Turkish maestro’s midfield performances. And who knows, given the way he and Suarez linked up on Saturday, we may just have found that extra ingredient to permanently opening the floodgates.