Liverpool's £12m signing Daniel Sturridge has said Liverpool are the biggest club in the Premier League.
The striker's comments are likely to be met with ridicule considering Liverpool have never won a Premier League title, and were last champions of England 23 years ago.
Yet the England striker, who has previously played for current champions Manchester City and three-time Premier League winners Chelsea, asserts Liverpool are bigger than any of his previous clubs.
"It is the biggest club I have ever played for. In the Premier League, there is no bigger club than Liverpool," said Sturridge, who marked his debut at the weekend with a goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup.
"I thank the boss for giving me an opportunity to play for a club like this and I thank God for making it possible. It's amazing for the manager to put such faith in me. The only way I can repay him is by doing a job on the football field.
"For him to pay money for me and to have faith in me and show everybody around the world that he is prepared to take a chance on me, I don't think I'll ever be able to repay him for that.
"As a young player, when you play for big clubs you can sometimes get caught up in it and you never get another opportunity to play for another big club. So I'm grateful the manager has given me this chance and that he believes in me. I'm just glad to be here."
Liverpool take on Manchester United this weekend in the Premier League and Sturridge is hoping to play a part in the match.
"I'd love to start against United but it's down to the manager which team he picks. I'm just here to train hard and whichever team he picks will be the one that is right tactically. If he chooses me then great, if not I'll be looking to come on and make an impact."