Young Spanish right-back Antonio Barragan is hoping to make his Anfield debut tonight as Liverpool aim to book their place in the group phase of the Champions League.
The summer signing from Sevilla has been named in the squad for the visit of CSKA Sofia and, with Rafael Benitez hinting that he will be making changes for this 3rd qualifying round second leg tie, there is every chance that Barragan could feature.
Benitez is a well known admirer of Barragan. On signing him, the Reds boss described the 18-year old as 'the best young right back in Spain', and he had no qualms about handing his new young defender a senior debut in Sofia a fortnight ago.
Speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.tv Barragan says: "I have to say I can't wait to play at Anfield. I have watched the two games at Anfield so far this season against TNS and Kaunas and I was very impressed by the atmosphere and I can't wait to experience it myself soon playing in the red shirt of Liverpool.
"I was delighted to make my first team debut in the Champions League. It was an unforgettable experience for me and it came earlier than I expected.
"Rafael Benitez was a big factor in me coming to Liverpool but just to play for the European Champions is special. I'm so proud, in fact I can't describe in words how proud I am to play for Liverpool.
"After the match in Bulgaria the manager told me I did very well and I just have to continue working hard in training and fight for a place in his first team."
Barragan was born in Pontedeume, Galicia, in Spain and is an under-19 international. From the tender age of six he has always wanted to be a professional footballer and is a great admirer of the Juventus and France right back Lilian Thuram. Barragan says he has tried to copy Thuram and likes his style of play.
Coming to Liverpool has also given Barragan the chance to play with another one of his modern heroes and that is the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Barragan adds: "I am very happy to be a Liverpool player and I can't believe I am training and playing alongside one of my favourite players in Steven Gerrard.
"I am an attacking right back and love to get forward. I really admire Lilian Thuram as and have tried to model my game on him. I will keep working hard and keep improving my game."
The player admits that having other Spanish players at Anfield has helped him settle quickly into life in a new country.
"There are a few Spanish players at Liverpool and it does help you settle in better as they speak your language but I have been made to feel very welcome here by everyone," he says. "I am learning English and can speak a little bit and interact well with the other players.
"I really like the city of Liverpool, it is a nice place. I am staying with a lovely family who have made me very welcome and I am really enjoying it."
Before completing his dream move to Anfield Barragan watched Liverpool's dramatic Champions League win in Spain with his family and admits to cheering loudly for the Reds.
"Everyone in Spain was supporting Liverpool and I was shouting and screaming for Liverpool, especially when Xabi Alonso scored," he explains. "I couldn't believe it and to come back from 3-0 down in the way they did was amazing!"