New Liverpool ace Lazar Markovic could make his home debut today as the Reds take on Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The Serbian international has yet to grace the Anfield pitch since making his £20 million summer move from Portuguese giants Benfica, with his only two appearances so far coming away from home.
Eager to make an instant impact, the 20-year-old has had to contend with a place on substitutes' bench thus far after struggling to overcome a niggling pre-season hamstring injury.
However, Markovic is now fully fit and is in contention to start the Merseysiders’ clash with Villa, and the former Partizan hero couldn’t contain his delight as he spoke to the Liverpool Echo.
“I can’t wait to play at Anfield for the first time," he said. "I am very excited. I’ve watched other games at Anfield from the stands but hopefully this time I’ll be out there.
“I know the atmosphere will be amazing and I want to sample that. The team is in a good moment after the win at Tottenham and I want to help us build on that.
“I’m feeling good physically. The injury was annoying and it meant I wasn’t able to play as much as I wanted but that’s behind me now. Whether I start or not is down to the manager but I’m prepared and I want to get out there and show the fans what I can do.”
Markovic arrived on Merseyside with a sterling reputation after playing a huge role in Benfica’s domestic treble-winning campaign last season.
He made his international debut three days before his 18th birthday and has since gone on to win 14 caps for his country.