Dalglish’s selection dilemma shows Liverpool’s progress, says Downing
Stewart Downing claims Kenny Dalglish's selection dilemma shows drastic improvement in Liverpool's squad
Stewart Downing believes Kenny Dalglish’s selection headache at Liverpool highlights the drastic improvement of the squad this season.
Dalglish signed Downing from Aston Villa in a £20m deal last summer, and the England winger was joined by fellow new recruits Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson.
The 27-year-old has already won the Carling Cup with the Reds, while Dalglish’s side are in the FA Cup quarter-finals and remain contenders in the race for fourth spot.
“Obviously he’d been out of management for a while but he still knew his stuff,” Downing told LFC magazine. “He must have done because he got the club to a final and he’s got a great squad here.
“It must be tough for him with the players that he’s got. When people are performing and he’s got to pick an 11, it’s difficult but that’s part and parcel of being a manager and I think he’s handled it really well.
“By getting a trophy on board the club has done well and his status had gone up even more.”
Downing revealed the chance to play under Dalglish at Liverpool was one of the main reasons he decided to swap Villa Park for Anfield.
“I’ve enjoyed playing for him. Once I heard of the interest here, I wanted to come and play for him because of his reputation and what I’d heard of him,” he added.
“I’m enjoying it here and I’m sure he’s enjoying it and winning a trophy will have given him a lift as well. Winning any trophy is good and once you get one, it gives you something to build on, and I’m sure the gaffer and the staff will be stressing that to us.”