Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at home in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash.
The match got off to a terrific start before a ball was even kicked thanks to a rousing rendition of Liverpool fans traditional pre-match song You’ll Never Walk Alone.
They do it well here in Dortmund… https://t.co/AzvpheoeDq
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) April 7, 2016
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel did not start Nuri Sahin but did bring on the Turkish international at half time.
There was a lot of pre-match hype surrounding Sahin mainly revolving around the fact he was set to face Liverpool for the first time since his brief six-month stint at the club in 2013.
Sahin did not exactly see eye to eye with former head coach Brendan Rodgers but he always kept a high opinion of the club and fans in general.
Nuri Sahin: "What I will never forget is the training ground. The club Liverpool is great." pic.twitter.com/4qhp6CnUw4
— Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) April 6, 2016
Former Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin makes the Dortmund bench. pic.twitter.com/eaGVrsdebj
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 7, 2016
Sahin’s stats were pretty impressive considering he only came on for the second half. The Turkish international midfielder made the highest number of successful dribbles for his side and his pass accuracy was characteristically high.
.@nurisahin vs Liverpool:
3/3 successful dribbles
2 successful tackles
51 accurate passes
88% pass completion
— OptaLaurin (@OptaLaurin) April 7, 2016
Sahin spoke with a few of his ex Liverpool pals after the game.
— Jayant Singh (@Jay22singh) April 7, 2016
Sahin even got praised for his looks.
Holy fuck, so's Nuri Sahin. Never really seen him up close before.
— Derpy McDerpface (@PaulieWarriner) April 7, 2016
As did Emre Can which is becoming something of a regular feature.
The fact that Can and Sahin have similar hairstyles did not go
Nuri Şahin and Emre Can could be brothers!
— Daniel Stuart Carr (@DSC_LFC) April 7, 2016