Brendan Rodgers believes Manchester City represent an ideal start to his Premier League career at Anfield as Liverpool look to secure Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
The Madrid midfielder arrived on Merseyside on Friday to discuss personal terms and have a medical after Liverpool beat Arsenal to a deal with the Spanish champions. Sahin's loan, which will not give Liverpool an option to buy the Turkey international next summer, is expected to be announced once the medical has been completed on Saturday.
"I believe everything has been organised and sorted in terms of paperwork so we're hoping in the next 24 hours that can be done," said the Liverpool manager, who hopes the Sahin deal marks the start of a hectic final week in the transfer window for his club.
"He is a great technician. He was player of the season in Germany, captain of Dortmund and fantastic at a very young age. He got a move to Real Madrid and obviously through injury it has not quite worked out for him. But he is a wonderful player technically and tactically who understands the game and we hope his extra quality coming in will help the group."
Rodgers's immediate focus is on City and his first Premier League game at Anfield as the Liverpool manager. The visit of the champions on Sunday presents a challenging start by any standards, but, with Liverpool's league campaign opening in alarming fashion at West Bromwich Albion and the influential defender Daniel Agger suspended against Roberto Mancini's side, there is added pressure on Rodgers's team to respond.
"It's a big test and a brilliant first league game at Anfield. It will be a special occasion. It's always going to be tough but I am absolutely relishing it. We're going into it after a win [over Hearts in the Europa League], which lifts everyone psychologically and Liverpool have traditionally lifted their performance for the big games.
"I've already spoken to the players about that, the fact that in big games they have been excellent, so I am really looking forward to it. City is as tough a test as there is these days. But if we are going to do anything this year, then our home form is going to be so important. We had a wee bump last week of course but we're really excited and looking forward to it and at Anfield I believe we can get a result against anyone."