Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes winger Stewart Downing has flourished into one of the best in the Barclays Premier League at Anfield.
The England international moved to Merseyside from Aston Villa in the recent transfer window, and has been one of Kenny Dalglish's success stories alongside Jose Enrique following the summer switch.
Consistent performances from the former Middlesbrough starlet has placed the 27-year-old back in regular contention for Fabio Capello's Three Lions, and Gerrard believes it was the right decision to step-up to a side challenging for a place in the top four.
"I think the move was perfect for him at this point of his career," Gerrard told LFC Magazine.
"He was the star at Middlesbrough and I think he moved up to Villa and proved he could be one of the best players in the league. He was their player of the year last year.
"I think at the age he's at it was perfect for him to sign for us. I felt he was a player we needed and that we were a club he needed to be at.
"He now has a platform here to prove over the next five or six years that he's one of the best players in the league. He can really nail down that left-side role and make it his own."
Downing has played all 11 league games for the Reds this season, and also appeared twice in the Carling Cup. He is expected to feature against Chelsea at the weekend, with Manchester City the following weekend in two crucial fixtures.
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