Emre Can is eager to get back in action after finally joining up with the Liverpool squad having returned from his extended summer break.
The midfielder could feature for the first time this pre-season when the Reds face Hertha Berlin on Saturday evening in Berlin.
Can was the last player to report for training in July due to his involvement in Germany’s winning Confederations Cup campaign.
He has now set his sights on getting himself in peak condition ahead of a highly-anticipated 2017/2018 season.
“I am very happy to be back after three weeks off and now I’m very hungry to play football. I’m very [much] looking forward to the season,” the German told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I feel very good now. I’ve been [training for] one week, I feel very good and in good shape. I think I didn’t miss too much.”
“We have the game against Hertha but I don’t know if I’ll play [then] or on Tuesday. I haven’t spoken to the manager about that.”
“I feel ready, I feel in good shape and I need the games for getting rhythm again and hopefully I will play [against Hertha].”
Can has, if reports are to be believed, been subject to strong interest from Juventus since the end of the season, with the Italian side keen to take advantage of his contract situation.
The 23-year-old has entered the last year of his current deal with negotiations over a new deal still ongoing, although Jurgen Klopp has been quick to reassure fans that talks are progressing positively.
An insistence that Philippe Coutinho will not be sold to Barcelona this summer can be seen to apply to Can as well, who emerged as a key figure for the Reds towards the end of the 2016/2017 campaign.
Can, like many of his teammates, faces his biggest season on Merseyside yet and the early signs are there to suggest he is more than ready for it.