New Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has turned down the chance to represent Germany at the Olympics in order to fight for his place in the first team.
Speaking to the club's official website, the 23-year-old shot-stopper reveals he came to the decision after a discussion with Jurgen Klopp about his role with the Reds going forward.
"I spoke with the manager and we said that it didn't make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them," he explained.
"We agreed together I wouldn't be going. First I spoke with Jurgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go. The priority is the club. It's more important that I am available for the start of the season.
"What we talked about stays with us. Of course, I know a club like this has more competition.
"It's a bigger club and better players means more competition, but I am not scared of anything. If I was, I wouldn't have come here. I have a good feeling.
"I wouldn't come here to sit on the bench. That doesn't make sense. I'm not a 'keeper who hasn't shown his ability. I'm a good goalkeeper and I've shown that a lot.
"I could have stayed at Mainz and played there. If I wasn't sure I could come and play here this season, I wouldn't have done it."
Karius came through the development structures at Manchester City, but had to wait for a transfer to Mainz to get his professional debut. Despite the lack of opportunity in his first stint in England, Karius is happy with the decisions he's made in his career and is looking forward to proving himself in the Premier League.
"When I left Man City I was still really young and I decided to go somewhere else to get some first-team experience," Karius added.
"I took the step to Mainz. I needed to join a smaller club to get my career going as a young player – I did everything right with that move.
"I had almost three full seasons in the Bundesliga there. I am still young but I've played around 100 games in the Bundesliga so I have some experience.
"I thought it was time to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join Liverpool came up and I thought it was a good next step for me."