By ESPNSTAR.com staff
A former star of Bundesliga winners Borussia Dortmund, Sahin made the move to Spain last year but recorded very few La Liga appearances for defending champions Real Madrid after struggling to break into Los Blancos' star-studded first team.
Leaving the Santiago Bernabeu on a loan deal to Liverpool in the summer marked the midfielder's first foray into English football. Speaking to the club's official website, Sahin admitted that he suffered a culture shock of sorts when he lined up against teams like Everton and Stoke.
"It's a very tough league and every team has their own style, I have never played in games such as the ones against Stoke and Everton before," Sahin shared.
"Each team has their own style and these are all things that are new to me. That is probably the thing that has surprised me most but also makes me happy because it's a very tough league and every team has its own story."
The Turkish international already has three goals to his name this season, but Sahin revealed that he was more concerned with helping Reds manager Brendan Rodgers established a distinctive playing style at the club.
"Of course it was nice to score goals but for me it is just as important to play my part in helping us control the game, play nice football, pass the ball well and establish good teamwork. For me these things are more important than only scoring goals and looking like, 'Yes, I am the man.'" Sahin stated.
"It's key that we really play as a team and have something special that other teams don't have. We want people to watch us and say, 'Oh, it is Liverpool, they are playing their way.' I came here because the manager told me how he wanted to play and it's important for a player to have that knowledge. You have to make the right choice because I'm not the kind of player who can play in a long-ball side. "The way that Brendan wants to play is one I'm comfortable with."
Not one to shy away from squad rotation, the Liverpool boss has deployed Sahin in a variety positions across midfield, but the 24-year professed that he still preferred taking on a deeper role.
"I've played my whole career deeper and that's my position, but I have also played as a No.10 here. It was new for me but I tried to help the team and do my best," Sahin said.
"But if I could choose a position it would be holding as I feel more comfortable playing deeper."
Liverpool welcome Aston Villa to Anfield for their Premier League game this Saturday.