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Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict as former Liverpool midfielder takes charge of Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict as former Liverpool midfielder takes charge of Borussia Dortmund

Former Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin has officially taken charge of Borussia Dortmund, starting a three-year contract as manager of the Champions League finalists on July 1.

Sahin, 35, replaces Edin Terzic who stepped down at the end of the season, with Sahin – one of his assistants – taking on the top job.

As a player, he was a shining star in Jurgen Klopp’s regime at Dortmund during the period when the former Liverpool boss was in charge at Signal-Iduna Park.

With Sahin in the team, the Yellow and Blacks won a Bundesliga title and a DFB-Pokal (German Cup).

He left in 2012 for Real Madrid, but an unhappy spell at the Bernabéu saw him loaned out to Liverpool and then back to Dortmund.

Sahin’s time at Liverpool was disappointing, initially signing a season-long loan deal at Anfield. He failed to make progress and the deal was cancelled with Real Madrid early, allowing the former Turkish international to return to Dortmund.

The former playmaker retired in 2021 after spells at Werder Bremen and Antalyaspor, taking up roles as head coach and sporting director at Antalyaspor before returning to Dortmund as Terzic’s coach.

The team managed to reach the Champions League final at Wembley despite a poor season in the Bundesliga, beating Paris Saint-Germain among others before finally losing to Madrid.

He now takes on the role previously occupied by his mentor Klopp, who wished the former midfielder good luck on his appointment at BVB.

Klopp says Sahin will be ‘great’ as Dortmund manager

The 57-year-old German offered his seal of approval to his former captain, predicting his time in charge will be “great”.

If it’s anything like Klopp’s Dortmund days, then it goes without saying that fans will be thrilled.

“Exactly 16 years ago was my first day at BVB and today you take over – I wish you every success my friend, it will be great,” Klopp wrote on Instagram.

Dortmund face a transitional season with veterans Mats Hummels and Marco Reus leaving the club. Meanwhile, two stars loaned out from their Champions League journey, Ian Maatsen and Jadon Sancho, have also departed.