Fellow new signing Stewart Downing is looking to cement a place in the England squad ready for next year's Euro 2012 competition, claiming there is a "real buzz" in the Reds camp
The midfielder made the move from the Stadium of Light to Anfield this summer in a £20 million deal, and is looking to get off to a good start, even if it does mean upsetting his family.
"It's a big game but I've just got to treat it like any other one," he told the club's official website.
"Hopefully I can get into the team first of all, and if I get the chance to play I can make my Premier League debut for Liverpool and that's all that matters really.
"All of my family and friends are Sunderland supporters and will all want them to win but I'm a Liverpool player now and I'm looking forward to playing for them. Hopefully we can get a good result on the opening day of the season."
The England under-21 was speaking at a press conference with fellow new signings Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, and Downing revealed that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was a huge factor in him joining the club.
"Liverpool is a tremendous Football Club with a great manager and great players. Once I heard of the interest there was only one place I wanted to come," he said.
"I heard rumours that other clubs were interested but once I knew the manager wanted me I wanted to come here and play for Liverpool - and for him."
Downing also revealed that the club’s summer signings have gelled well in pre-season and feels the club is moving forward.
"There's a buzz about the place," the former Aston Villa man continued. "The new signings have come in and they did well towards the end of last season. We've got a great manager and everyone is pulling together in the right direction. The club is on the up and I want to be part of it.
"First and foremost I need to start well with Liverpool. Hopefully I can then get in the England squad and get more of a chance. I've been involved more over the past few months which I've enjoyed, so long may that continue.
"The Euros are an incentive for us, but like I say we have to do well for our club first. It's a big season here at Liverpool, but if I do well hopefully I will be rewarded with a place at the European Championships."