Serbian youngster Lazar Markovic has shown his eagerness to pull on the Liverpool jersey.
The flying winger joined the Reds from Benfica in a deal worth a reported £20 million after being heavily linked with a summer move.
Despite joining on July 15, Markovic had yet to speak to the British media until now – perhaps a sign of shyness from the 20-year-old?
If that is what reporters thought, then they were in for a shock as the presumed quietly-spoken youngster confidently took to the microphone and through a translator stated his eagerness to get going.
“I am ready to play straight away,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Liverpool face a big test of their Premier League title credentials on Monday when they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are full of renowned stars at the top of their game, and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will likely feel that it’s a game too far for the rather inexperienced Markovic.
It’s the sort of a match where certain youngsters attract stage fright. Liverpool’s new star, however, appears to dismiss such a thought as he goes on to demonstrate the confidence he has in his own ability.
“I can become one of the best players in the Premier League," said the 20-year-old. "Perhaps I am so confident because in every season I have played I have finished as a champion.”
Last season, Markovic made 26 appearances for Benfica, scoring five goals and helping the club complete a domestic treble.
The former Partizan Belgrade fan favourite represented Serbia three days before his 18th birthday and scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Chile.