Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger says he has adapted well to playing English football.
The Danish defender moved to Anfield a year ago from Brondby in the January transfer window and is set for his 24th start of the campaign against Arsenal in the FA Cup after becoming a regular in the central defence this season.
The 22-year-old has come a long way in the two years since he used to play football while studying back home in Denmark and he admits it took him some time to settle into the English game.
"It was only two-and-a-half years ago that I started playing football for real," Agger told the Daily Star.
"I was at school at the time, graduating in the summer from a business college before going to play for Brondby.
"If my chums at school would have been told I would end up playing for Liverpool, they would have laughed, everyone would have laughed, including me.
He added: "There is very stiff competition for places but that is all part of the game.
"I could have gone to a club where there was less competition but I love a challenge and I want to win games and medals.
"This is the club for that but more wants more. The more successful you are, the more you want.
"I was well prepared for British football but it is impossible to be 100 per cent prepared and it took time to get used to it."