Last week, reports began to circulate linking Liverpool with a summer move for Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.
The 20-year-old Turkish player has impressed in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists to date. And reports claimed Brendan Rodgers' recent scouting mission to Germany was - at least in part - to monitor the progress of Calhanoglu.
Soon after, Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer insisted that selling the player was not an option.
But now the player has been speaking with German newspaper Sport Bild, revealing where he gets his confidence from and what happens when he hears that famous Champions League music.
“(My father) always says to me: ‘Do not be afraid of anyone’. Just do what you can on the pitch,” Calhanoglu said.
“Every little boy playing outside wants to be famous; a football star. That was my goal.”
With a contract until 2018, and at such a tender age, Liverpool may have to wait sometime if they really are interested in Calhanoglu.
But when it comes to the future, the player gave a glimpse of his hopes when he said, “First I want to present myself in the Bundesliga. But when I hear the anthem of the Champions League on TV, I get goosebumps.”
Considering Hamburg’s current league position – in the relegation play-off place – Rodgers' side could have one huge selling point if the player does ultimately leave Germany. Because considering Liverpool's recent return to prominence, one senses the Champions League anthem will be heard at Anfield for some time to come.
Would you like to see Calhanoglu at Anfield in the future?