Stewart Downing vows to improve his Liverpool goal record
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is confident he can add to his Anfield goal tally before the end of the season
Stewart Downing is aiming to improve his Liverpool goal record, starting with the Reds’ tie against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The 27-year-old sealed a £20m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool last summer but the England midfielder has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, managing just two goals in the FA Cup.
The former Middlesbrough winger has made 25 league appearance but has failed to score a single goal for the Reds – a run Downing is desperate to end.
“I’m confident I can get more goals, I’ve just got to keep getting into the right positions and creating,” Downing told Liverpool’s website.
“I’ve been a bit unlucky at times hitting the crossbar and the post, but I’ll never give up. If you keep getting in the positions, you’ll get your bit of luck. I did that against Stoke, got a bit of luck and got a goal. Hopefully I’ll get a few more before the end of the season.
“It’d be very nice to get it [first Premier League goal for Liverpool] in the north east, especially if we won the game, but the most important thing for me is the team playing well and getting the points.
“I’ve always said, if I get a goal it’s a bonus. It’s never been a big thing of mine to say, ‘I need to score this amount of goals’ but if I do get one against Newcastle, it will be pleasing.”
Downing feels he is enjoying his most impressive spell since moving to Liverpool, and is hoping to continue his form to help the Reds reach the FA Cup final and secure his place in England’s Euro 2012 squad.
“In the last month, it’s probably been the most consistent form I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve quite enjoyed that and long may it continue because we’ve got some big games coming up and we need the players ready to play.
“I’m no different – I want to be in the team and playing well. Hopefully my form continues because we’ve got the Euros at the end of the season and I’m trying to get into that squad, so a good finish would help.”