Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has outlined what Reds fans should expect from him in the coming season:
“The top wingers tend to do it on a regular basis. When you look at (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Ryan) Giggs down the years they have done it consistently and that’s what I want to do.
Whether the manager sees me playing out wide or in different positions, I just want to do well, chip in with goals and provide chances for the front players. Fans come to games to be entertained, and hopefully we can do that this season.
If I’m out wide I’ll do my best to get to the byline and whip in crosses as well as chip in with goals. That’s what the front lads will want from me – especially Andy (Carroll), who is a threat in the box. Nine times out of 10 he’s going to get on the end of it. I’ve not played with Luis Suarez and people like that yet, but he’s a top player so I’m looking forward to it.”
One of the crucial aspects to his good form last season, according to Downing, was his consistency:
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“It probably is in terms of consistency. Last season was my most consistent by far and I just want that to continue. I think that happens as you get older.
It’s a big season for me personally and for the club. I want to play well on a regular basis. I felt really good last year, and it would be nice to do well because the manager has invested a lot of money in me, so if I can do well for him and the club I’ll be very pleased.
Kenny has obviously spent a large amount to get me here which is something I am proud and feel privileged about. But I just want to keep playing like I did for Aston Villa last season and carry on my good form.
I won’t do anything differently. Just because it was a big fee doesn’t mean I should change. I was brought here to do what I did at Aston Villa. Whether that’s on the left or right, it’s up to the manager. I just want to do my best for Liverpool.”