Sahin: I did not come to Liverpool for money

The midfielder has hit back at his critics saying he is happy to be playing under a manager who trusts him and adds that he is confident the only way is up for the Reds
Nuri Sahin has denied claims he joined Liverpool for financial reasons and says he is confident the only way is up under manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Turkey international sealed a season-long loan from Real Madrid, despite interest from Arsenal, and could make his Liverpool debut against the Gunners on Sunday.

Yet the midfielder has hit back at suggestions that financial gain was behind the deal, saying he is not motivated by money, and had better offers than the one from Anfield.

“You don’t know me very well if you think I would go anywhere for money,” he told The Mirror.

“If it was about money, I wouldn’t be here.

"I had a lot of offers that would have allowed me to earn three times as much as I will earn here.

“I don’t care about money. I know that I will earn a lot of money in my career, if everything goes well.”

Sahin also added that new boss Rodgers was a big factor in his decision to move to the Reds and that he can see a lot of similarities between Liverpool and another of his former clubs, Borussia Dortmund.

“The only reason I’m here is that I know I can play football here. I have a manager who trusts me and the way I play, and that I’m at a huge club,” he explained.

“We were successful at Dortmund because we were a team.

“In the first season under [Jurgen] Klopp we were sixth, then fifth.

“Then we were champions and last season Dortmund did it again.

“That’s because we had a long-term project. Brendan wants to improve Liverpool the same way and I think there will only be one way under him and that is up.”