There are some fans who think that Stewart Downing was not the right signing for Liverpool and that we should have gotten someone else like Juan Mata or Charles N’Zogbia. We can continue to debate this for as long as we want but the fact remains that Downing is now a Liverpool player and we should back him as best as we can.
In my opinion, Downing is an excellent signing for the club. He may have cost a bit too much but that is the price you pay for quality these days. We have not had a more exciting winger at Liverpool since Steve McManaman and he was last in a Liverpool shirt a very long time ago. I feel Liverpool still need another winger, a right sided one, to have total balance in the side. Downing played well in the recent pre-season match against Valerenga and you can see from the video below that he spent a lot of time playing wide on the right. It is a position he is used to but you can see he is always looking to cut-in which many left footed players do when they are playing on the right. I would like to see Downing play more on his natural left side where he can hug the touchline, get some paint on his boots and delivery crosses into the box for Carroll and Suarez.
Courtesy of ElPistolero1982, below are highlights of Downing against Valerenga. It may just be pre-season and against an average side, but the quality is there to see why Liverpool signed Downing.