Downing has a lot to do yet in order to convince me he is worth over the £15m Liverpool have already offered Villa. I think it is just another example of the vastly inflated prices that English players are now touted for.
Downing may possess a sweet left foot and healthy amount of pace but that is about all he can offer King Kenny and the Reds? Just look at the stats, Maxi, who currently occupies Liverpool’s left flank scored more goals in considerably less appearances.
In my opinion Downing is a good player but not at £19m. Liverpool could spend a similar amount on a truly world class player. Liverpool should look elsewhere, maybe at Juan Mata of Valencia. The reds should not be made to pay over the odds, even if Downing is an Englishman.
Villa are a big club but are in turmoil and in need of some stability and if Downing stayed and showed some much need loyalty, he would be one less headache for the already disgruntled fans.