Liverpool's newest signing Georginio Wijnaldum made his debut against AC Milan at Levi's Stadium on Saturday night, playing well in a 2-0 win. But even though his tenure with the Reds has just begun, his expectations are already sky-high.
With a new season set to start in under a month, the midfielder was asked how good he thought Liverpool could be this campaign. He offered a strong response.
"If you play for a club as big as Liverpool you always have to be trying to win trophies - that always has to be the aim," Wijnaldum said to the Echo. "You're never going to be happy with eighth or ninth here."
Indeed, that's never the goal at Anfield. But the truth is that Liverpool have finished outside the top four more often than not over the past six years. Still, he claimed a title challenge was possible.
"Of course we can be serious challengers," Wijnaldum said. "If Leicester can do it, why can't we? It's all about the team - that makes a champion, not a signing."
"That's the dream for me to help Liverpool create more history and I will do everything I can for that."
Though Wijnaldum's expectations might be a bit unrealistic given the competitive climate in the Premier League right now, that kind enthusiasm and optimism are welcome in a side pushing to reinvent itself. We'll see if his confidence wavers after the Reds experience their first setback this season.