Downing anticipates big Liverpool win

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Stewart Downing believes Liverpool have made a solid start to the current campaign, but will have to continue working hard to secure a positive outcome at the end of the season.

The Reds sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, with notable victories against Arsenal and Everton away setting the benchmark for a potentially successful season as Kenny Dalglish's side chase a return to Champions League football.

Downing is well aware that the season is a marathon rather than a sprint though, and knows that the effort put in on the training ground can go a long way to having a successful season, wherever he's asked to play by the manager.

"It's been a decent start to the season. But it's still early yet," Downing told the official Liverpool magazine.

"We know it's not about doing it over six or seven games, it's about doing it for the whole season. If we all continue to work hard, there's no reason why we can't be successful."

"I played on the right wing a lot for Villa. Most of my career there was spent in that position. I enjoyed it. I'm not fussed if Kenny wants to put me on either wing though. The main thing for me is to be in the side and playing well."

The Reds have adopted an attacking brand of football, particularly at home this season, and it's a style of play that has gone down well with both the fans and Downing.


Whilst winning is the most important thing, the former Middlesborough starlet admits that playing an entertaining brand of football is also important to keep the loyal supporters happy.

"It's good to see the fans are enjoying watching the team play and the way we're trying to play. We're trying our best for them because they deserve it," he continued.

"I think fans watch football to be entertained. They want to see goals and forward players attacking. It's nice when you can do that. Some managers obviously don't want a game to be too open, but from a fans' point of view, players are there to entertain and do well.

"I think, particularly at home, we have done that this season. Our football has been good and long may it continue. I think there will be a day soon when we put all of them away and we'll have a big win against somebody."

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