Emre Can is demanding trophies at Anfield this season, insisting that winning silverware is part of being a Liverpool player.
Speaking to the club's website, Can explained that he's hoping to be part of a team this season that challenges for titles, whilst admitting that he's not as his peak fitness levels ahead of this Sunday's Premier League opener against Arsenal.
Can excited for the season, pleased with new additions
Having revealed just last week that he's looking to become more of a leader on the pitch for the Reds in the coming season, Can explained that he's "very excited" to get up and running on Sunday, in-part due to the signing's that have been made in the off-season, Can stating "everyone we have bought is good and they have showed that in pre-season".
They certainly proved that on Saturday, as Liverpool swept aside European giants Barcelona by four goals to nil in a friendly at Wembley, leading to Can hailing his side for "performing very, very well".
If you play for Liverpool, trophies have to be the target
That win certainly gave the Liverpool supporters some more confidence going into the season, and Can certainly has his own expectations, saying; “If you play for a club like Liverpool, it’s such a big club, then it’s always a target to win silverware and that has to be our target this year.”
The bid to win silverware starts in the league, with that Arsenal game now less than a week away. There were doubts as to whether or not Can would start the game, having returned to pre-season training much later than others due to his Euro 2016 exploits with Germany, but as it stands, he's likely to line up at the Emirates.
Speaking about his fitness levels, Can admitted "to be honest I’m not 100 per cent", adding that simply "hard work" is required to get there, and then they'll assess his fitness levels closer to the match against the Gunners.