Nuri Sahin has said he wanted to stay at Liverpool for the long-term, but could not resist the prospect of returning to Borussia Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp.

The 29-year-old joined the Reds on loan from Real Madrid in 2012, before the season-long deal was ended prematurely in January.

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Sahin returned to former club Dortmund after the termination, before signing permanently for the German side near the end of the 2013/14 season.

The Turkish midfielder reveals he could have seen Merseyside being his future, if it were not for Klopp wishing to bring him back (as quoted by the Echo).

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"At Liverpool, I started the season very well, but once I had an offer from Dortmund in the middle of the season, I just couldn't resist the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp again, so I decided to leave.

"If Dortmund didn't make an offer for me, then I would have stayed at Liverpool for many years. But the idea of working again with Juergen Klopp and competing in the Champions League was very tempting."

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Sahin only made seven Premier League appearances under then-manager Brendan Rodgers, before returning to life in the Bundesliga.

With Klopp, Sahin won the Meisterschale in 2011 and reached the Champions League final. Last season, the German-born player won the DFB-Pokal with Dortmund.