Daniel Agger feels like he is starting his Liverpool career all over again after 10 months of injury frustration.
The Danish centre-back returned to senior action in the 1-0 victory over Tranmere on Saturday for the first time since breaking his metatarsal last September.
Now the 23-year-old will continue his comeback as the Reds head to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.
Agger, who signed from Brondby in January 2006, said: "I am delighted to be back. This has been the most frustrating time of my career. I have just had to look forward, concentrate, and work hard to get myself back to fitness.
"This season ahead is now all-important to me. I have missed so much football over the past year that I feel I am almost starting my career at Liverpool all over again.
"You can say that I have missed a lot of football, or you can say that there is a lot to come.
"I didn't play and that's how it is. I am focused on this season and I really, really have been working hard to keep my fitness level up.
"I am ready. I have been working hard right through the summer to get myself fit for this level of football.
"It has been important to get myself ready so I can be available for the first day of the season."
In the time Agger has spent on the sidelines, another talented defender has established himself in Rafa Benitez's first team no-nonsense Slovak Martin Skrtel.
With Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher also vying for two centre-back slots, Agger knows he has a fight on his hands to regain his place.
He added: "The competition here now in central defence, as anywhere else in the side, is really tough, so I must be at my best form and fitness.
"It has been frustrating but I have been focused on getting back as soon as possible. I have missed a lot, but there is such a lot more to come for me here.
"I will fight for my place and I am sure that the other centre-halves here will do just the same."