He’s been brilliant! Glen Johnson hails Liverpool’s Stewart Downing

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson hails Stewart Downing for his "brilliant" performances which have turned around his Reds career

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Glen Johnson has hailed Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing for his “brilliant” performances this season.

The 28-year-old winger has turned around his Reds career in the second half of the season after appearing to be heading for an early Anfield exit ahead of the January transfer window.

Downing has scored twice in his last six Premier League games, taking his tally to seven for the season in all competitions, while making a further seven assists.

But Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson is not surprised by Downing’s recent improvement, insisting his fellow England international does a lot of unsung work for the Reds.

“He’s been brilliant. I’ve always enjoyed playing with Stewart – I’ve been a big fan of his for many years. We play well together and cause other teams quite a lot of problems,” Johnson told Liverpool’s website.

“Stewart has been fantastic; his work-rate, the way he gets at players and defences. A lot of the time in football, a lot of hard work can go unnoticed.

“Stewart did knuckle down, put his neck on the line and went for it. It’s great to see that now he’s getting the rewards and credit he deserves.”

Johnson also revealed he has taken up Spanish lessons in a bid to fit in with the Iberian and South American contingent at Anfield.

“I’ve got a house in Spain so I like to try to make the effort and blend in a little bit, if possible,” Johnson added.

“To be honest, I haven’t had lessons for probably a year now. I did a course and that finished, but I can get by.

“I can get involved with the Spanish group so I guess it helps me out because I can mingle with pretty much everybody. I can understand the Scouse boys.

“Coutinho can speak a bit of Spanish as well; the lads that can’t speak English can generally speak Spanish so we get by.”

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