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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sahin: Rodgers just needs time

Mike Whalley

Nuri Sahin is convinced that Brendan Rodgers' methods are starting to pay off at Liverpool and believes the manager just needs to be given time.

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Sahin, 24, scored his first two goals for the club, after joining on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, as a youthful side won 2-1 at West Brom in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

It was Rodgers' fifth cup victory out of six games this season but he has yet to pick up a victory in the Premier League since arriving at Anfield over the summer.

His attempts to impose a quick passing, high pressing game are yet bring the results he would have hoped for, with Liverpool in the bottom three after Sunday's 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.

However, the Turkey international can see parallels with his former club Borussia Dortmund - where manager Jurgen Klopp took three years to turn them from a mid-table side into Bundesliga champions - and Sahin is sure similar success will come at his new club.

"We played very well against Man United last weekend. That was a game we deserved to win," he told the Liverpool Echo. "If we keep playing football like this the results will come. I'm very positive about this season.

"The manager has a philosophy and we have to keep going with this. If the club and the supporters give him time then it will come. I know that because I come from a club in Borussia Dortmund where that happened."

Sahin was also full of praise for the young players who inspired Liverpool to victory at the Hawthorns and set up a Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at home to Rodgers' former club Swansea.

Jerome Sinclair, 16, became the youngest player in Liverpool's history when he came on as a late substitute, while fellow teenagers Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson, Samed Yesil and Suso played a part too.

"Everyone should be proud of this team," Sahin added. "It was a young and inexperienced line-up but all the boys did so well. It was a special night for Jerome.

"Of course to get two goals was great but it was more important for me to help the team with my football. Day by day, I feel like I'm getting sharper."

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