Sahin vows to 'lead' inexperienced Liverpool team against Young Boys
08:59 GMT, 20 September 2012
Liverpool new boy Nuri Sahin has vowed to lead by example on Thursday night as he and an inexperienced Reds side take on Young Boys in their Europa League opener in Switzerland.
Sahin himself is only 24, but the Turkish international has experience of playing in European competition having done so with former club Borussia Dortmund.
The on-loan Real Madrid midfielder told Liverpool's official website that is looking forward to assuming a key role in Switzerland in what will be only his second game for the club.
Leading by example: Sahin, pictured alongside manager Brendan Rodgers (left), has more experience than most of his team-mates on Thursday night
Out of favour: Stewart Downing is expected to feature on Thursday night
'I’m one of the players with the most experience on the field and of course, I will try to lead the team,' Sahin told a pre-match press conference in Bern.
'I play central midfield and I have to take plenty of responsibility. I am glad to do this, but we have a few other players who can lead the team as well.
'I only played a few games [for Real Madrid] last year and this year I want to play every game and every minute.
'I need games to get my level to where it belongs and this will be a good game for me to do this.
'I have played in this competition with Borussia Dortmund before and it’s a difficult competition. When the Champions League teams come in after the first group stage, it becomes a very difficult competition.'
Experience: Sahin has played in the Europa League for Borussia Dortmund
Sahin's only game so far for Liverpool was the 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal, but he says he has settled in nicely on Merseyside despite the club's slow start to the season.
'I’ve settled in very well,' Sahin added. 'Liverpool is a huge club and the manager, the team and all the people in Liverpool have done a really good job of helping me settle in and I feel very good about it.
'We all love football and every game is very important for us. The Europa League is a very, very good competition and we will try to play right to the end [of the tournament].
'Looking at the [Stade de Suisse], it is a very nice stadium, and so I hope I can be a part of this game.'