Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic insists he needs more time to get to grips with the style of football in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing in January but remained with Red Star Belgrade for the second half of the 2015-16 campaign.
Grujic arrived on Merseyside over the summer and has admitted he found pre-season training was a step up from what he was used to in Serbia.
The Serbia international, who made his Premier League debut from the bench against Burnley, insists that he is eager to learn as much as possible from his team mates during his first full year at Anfield.
Grujic said: “It was hard in pre-season, especially for me because I have come from Serbia and our work here is at a higher level.
“The running and exercises are harder and I’m still learning, but I’m sure I will adapt. I’m proud that I can work with the staff here and it will be OK.
“For the first season I just want to learn from these guys. I have the big pleasure of playing with some of the best footballers in the world. I want to get some minutes and games to try and improve myself for the future. I think next season will be the one where I show what I can do.”