Liverpool defender Danny Wilson is looking to the Carling Cup to springboard him into manager Roy Hodgson's first-team plans.
The Scot made the trip across the border from Rangers to the Reds this summer for a £2million fee and is set to make his debut in Wednesday's Carling Cup clash against Northampton at Anfield.
The 18-year-old began his Rangers career in the Scottish equivalent of the competition last year, where he helped them reach the final, but was sent off in the fixture at Hampden Park despite his club going home with the trophy.
"To start a game for the first time would be special and I just hope the manager thinks I am ready," Wilson told the club's official website.
"If not, I will work even harder to try and make it happen.
"I was an unused substitute against Rabotnicki in our first home game of the season and the crowd were buzzing and there was a great atmosphere, so to play for the first time is something I am really looking forward to.
"I had never been to Anfield before that and I really enjoyed being part of it. It was good to see how the crowd reacts and get behind the team."
"If selected on Wednesday then I will do everything I can to help the team and play well, but I just need to take it one step at a time.
"If the manager thinks I'm ready to play then that's great and I will try and show him what I can do."