Liverpool’s Stewart Downing ‘full of confidence’ after Tottenham strike

Liverpool's Stewart Downing says he is "full of confidence" after scoring in the Reds's 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday

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Stewart Downing says he is “full of confidence” after the winger scored in Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds made a bright start and surged into an early lead courtesy of Luis Suárez’s 22nd Premier League goal of the season in the 21st minute.

Spurs centre-half Jan Vertonghen scored either side of half-time to overturn Liverpool’s advantage and leave the visitors in a strong position with 35 minutes remaining.

But Downing capitalised on Hugo Lloris’s error to restore parity before Steven Gerrard scored the winner from the spot after Benoît Assou-Ekotto fouled Suárez.

“I did think of chipping at first but if you put your foot through it, the worst that can come is they clear it,” said Downing of his goal.

“I’m sure Daniel wouldn’t have been happy if I didn’t score. But I was in the position and lucky for me, it went in.

“I’m full of confidence, even without the goals. Playing in a good team and playing well gives confidence.

“There’s no hiding from the fact that I struggled for goals last season, but this season I’m in among them and hopefully I can get plenty more – there’s plenty of games to go to get the tally up.

“The manager has got options now – if people are having an off day, they can always put someone on and they’re liable to get a goal.

“It was nice for me to get a goal, Luis got another one and Stevie scored a good penalty.”

Downing also reckons Liverpool’s win against Spurs is one of their best of the season, keeping their slender top-four hopes still alive.

“Earlier in the season we would probably have lost the game,” he added.

“But great credit to the lads, we kept going and the fans were right behind us. I’d say it was probably one of the best wins of the season.”

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