Downing delight at Liverpool strike-force

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Liverpool’s Stewart Downing is full of praise for the strike-force that is starting to take shape at Anfield.

Luis Suarez has plucked three goals from three games, while record signing Andy Carroll scored a cracker away to Exeter to send the Reds into the Carling Cup third round in midweek.

The former Aston Villa winger is surprised at the form Suarez has found, given his return from a gruelling Copa America campaign with Uruguay, but is delighted to see the former Ajax hitman on the goal trail.

He said: "Luis is obviously a top player. I've seen him in the Copa America and could see what qualities he has. He's carried that on.

"I thought he'd be a little bit tired from the tournament because he hasn't had a rest but he's buzzing because of the win they had. He's scored three in three now and long may that continue.

"He's a top player, one of the best players in the world. He is an off-the-cuff player, you never know what he's going to do. He's really good to play with.


"He creates, he scores and he's a big asset to have. I'm looking forward to playing many games with him."

Downing was also pleased to see England teammate Andy Carroll get off the mark for the campaign on Wednesday night against the Grecians.

He added: "I'm sure (the goal against Exeter) will give Andy a lot of confidence. Strikers are obviously judged on goals. He'd been doing very well without scoring, and now with Luis scoring and Andy off the mark, it all bodes well for the team."

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