Jonjo Shelvey is relishing the chance to go up against his old next-door neighbour Steven Gerrard, a man he regards as the complete midfielder.
After three years spent working with Gerrard at Liverpool, Shelvey will be opposite his old mentor when the Reds visit Swansea on Monday night.
England international Shelvey elected to make a £5million move from Anfield to Swansea during the summer, feeling he needed regular first-team football.
But he remains full of admiration for Gerrard, and sees England's 105-cap talisman, who he used to live next to on Merseyside, as a benchmark for all others to aspire to.
Shelvey said: "It will be a bit mad facing him as I was living next door to him in Liverpool.
"But I always said I wanted to play with him and against him before he retired, because if you play against him you can really judge yourself on where you are as a player.
"For me he has been the best player in this country for God knows how long, he is the complete midfield player."
Shelvey insists he has no regrets about his decision to leave Anfield, but admits Liverpool will always have a special place in his affections.
He said: "You get a love for the club, Liverpool are in my blood and I will always look out for their result.
"I was there for three years and I had a great time at a great club with such a great history, I loved it there and I cannot wait to play them.
"When I moved my Dad said I was leaving one of the biggest clubs in world football to play somewhere else.
"But I felt it was something I needed to do, I didn't want to sit around, sit on the bench and just pick up money for not playing.
"Liverpool won the League Cup when I was there but I did not make the bench, and you feel like you are not there, even though you are happy and you get a medal, you feel like you are not part of it. I want to be part of something at Swansea."
Liverpool have enjoyed a fine start to the season under former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers, and sit top of the embryonic league table with three wins from three.
Swansea, meanwhile, picked up their first points of the campaign just before the international break against West Brom.
Shelvey has been impressed by the progress the Reds have made, and cannot wait to lock horns with his former colleagues.
"I'm excited, if anyone said they were not excited to face their former team then they would be lying," he said.
"I have spoken to my Dad and people like that, and they have told me how important it is not to get too emotional about things and to try and treat it as any other game. That's what I plan to do.
"It will feel special, you are playing against your mates, people you are still in touch with."