Liverpool’s Stewart Downing is already enjoying life at Anfield, and added that the great camaraderie between players is one of the club’s best assets.
The 27-year-old has been on Merseyside for just over a month, but is already fitting in with the players around him and setting sights on big success.
The winger said: "There's a good mix of lads, young and old, English lads and foreign lads. We all get on very well, which helps a lot.
"Team spirit is a massive part of football and I sensed that straight away. The lads are really close and I think that helps on the pitch. It's showing in our performances.
"I'm very excited about what we could achieve this season. With the squad we have now, you can see there's a lot of quality, even on the bench.”
Because of his international spells, Downing is already acquainted with the likes of Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, and Jamie Carragher, who have helped the former Aston Villa player fit in at his new club.
"I was quite lucky that I knew a lot of the players because it can be daunting going into a new dressing room. All the lads have chipped in and we all speak to each other.”
Downing is also keen to help build Liverpool’s home reputation after the disappointing draw against Sunderland in the opening fixture of the season.
"We've got to make Anfield a cauldron, a hard place to come," he continued.
"I thought we played very well against Sunderland, especially the first half.
Liverpool will host Bolton on August 27th, and the Reds’ speedster is sizing up the Lancashire opposition.
“It'll be tough. I watched Bolton against Man City and they played very well. They were unlucky not to get something.
"They pass it around a lot now. He (Owen Coyle) has brought Tuncay in who I played with at Middlesbrough. He's a very good footballer, and Eagles is a good winger. Their style of play is to get it down, pass the ball and get it wide - similar to how we play, a little bit. I think it will be a good game of football."
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