DONE DEAL: Nuri Sahin joins Liverpool on a season-long loan deal

Liverpool have completed the season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, who revealed Bernabeu team-mate Xabi Alonso played a key role in his decision to head to Anfield.

The 23-year-old Turkey international becomes new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' fourth new arrival following Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi.

The Merseysiders saw off competition from Arsenal for Sahin, who helped Madrid win the Primera Division title last season, and the player said former Liverpool midfielder Alonso's passion for the club convinced him it was the right move.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted turning to his mentor Jose Mourinho to try to bring the feelgood factor back to Anfield.

Rodgers, whose new side were thumped 3-0 at West Brom last weekend, will have new loan signing Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid watching from the stands against Manchester City, with the 23-year-old Turkish international brought in to add a touch of fantasy football and quality to misfiring Liverpool.

Rodgers pipped Arsenal for Sahin’s signature after discussions with Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who was the Chelsea manager when Rodgers began his coaching career there.

‘Jose has been fantastic in talking about his qualities and strengths,’ said Rodgers. ‘It’s a great opportunity to bring in a top technician.