Liverpool’s Stewart Downing ready for competition from new signings
Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing says he is ready to fight for his first-team place next season after four new signings at Anfield
Stewart Downing says he is prepared to fight for his place next season after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers strengthened his squad with four new players.
The 27-year-old appeared to be heading towards an Anfield exit after falling out-of-favour under the new Reds boss last season before winning back his starting spot in the Northern Irishman’s side.
Spanish duo Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas were signed from La Liga in June, as well as Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure, and Downing is ready for increased competition for places at the 18-time English champions next term.
“At every club, you need at least two or three players in every position to keep people on their toes, but especially at a club like this,” Downing told Liverpool’s website.
“We’re fighting on many fronts – cup competitions and the league – so you have to be strong in every department. But competition brings the best out of players, and hopefully it will in me.
“My targets will be similar to when I got back into the team [last season] – enjoy it, work hard and play some good football like we did at the end of last season.
“If we play like that again as a team, we’ve got a real chance [of success]. For me personally, I’ve just got to keep going.”