Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims Nuri Sahin is showing the sort of form for which he was brought to Anfield.
"Nuri was a wonderful player at a young age in Germany and did wonderfully well for Borussia Dortmund,” said Rodgers.
"He was German player of the year before he moved to Real Madrid.
"He just found it hard to play through injury and was competing with in-form players like Khedira, Alonso and Diarra.
"He's a master technician, he's hungry and he wants to prove himself."
And Rodgers continued: "I knew him when he was a young player but, of course, affordability and availability are two key things when you are a manager.
"He was a young player who I thought would fit in once he got up to speed and now he is starting to get up to speed.
"He was captain of Dortmund at a very young age so he has natural leadership qualities. He has settled in very well."