Liverpool's summer signing Dejan Lovren says that his start to life at the club has been tough.
The centre-back joined from Southampton for £25 million in the previous transfer window and has been thrown straight into the deep end by Brendan Rodgers - starting in every game for the Reds so far.
And Lovren admits that making the step-up to the side has been difficult, but he feels that he has the ability to make himself at his new club.
"It is a tough job because I am a new player also," he said to the Independent.
"It is not so easy to lead all the time. I was used to other players leading before but I have the confidence in myself and I am ready for it."
"I am just 25 and the thing is I need to improve in every game as a person and as a player."
"I am giving my best, which is the most important thing. With the time and the games it will come."
Lovren has played just one prior season in English football before his move to Merseyside, but he has largely impressed so far for Liverpool.
Although the club haven't enjoyed the best of starts to the new season, Lovren's performances have been encouraging even if he has revealed that it has been difficult to adapt.
The Croatian has seen his side pick up wins against his old club Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, but a defeats against Aston Villa and Manchester City have left supporters concerned.
Liverpool raised the bar of expectations last season by getting into the top four, but consolidating that position looks like it could be a challenge.
It would be a major disappointment if they were not able to retain Champions League football and, given their defensive problems in recent times, Lovren's form is likely to be vital if they are to match their aims.
Liverpool play their first game in this season's Champions League tonight when they take on Ludogorets at Anfield and Lovren will be hoping to continue adapting to his new role in the fixture.