Liverpool's Lucas Leiva remains optimistic about his place in the team to face Sunderland on the opening day of the season, despite the arrival of additional midfielders and his participation in this summer's Copa America.
The Brazilian has been at the centre of speculation regarding Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish's lineup for Saturday's match against Sunderland, with many tipping the player to miss out on a first team place.
However last campaign's club Player of the Season remains positive, insisting the lack of a summer break will not leave him short of match fitness.
Speaking to Liverpool's official website, he stated: "I'm fit. I didn't have a full holiday and was training with the national team, so it won't be a problem for me to be available for Saturday."
"I am really excited to be back and really looking forward to the new season. We're in a good mood at the moment and hopefully we'll start well on Saturday."