Liverpool culture shock for Stewart Downing

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has admitted that he is still getting used to the pressure of playing for the historic club, and that moving to Anfield has been something of a culture shock.

The England international swapped Villa Park for Merseyside in the summer, but has yet to find his best form for Kenny Dalglish’s men.

“It’s been a bit up and down,” Downing told Mirror Football.

“Some good games, some indifferent ones. I have been on the bench sometimes, whereas at other clubs I’ve been used to playing every week more or less.

“That’s been hard to get used to. It’s been a little bit of a culture shock almost, but I have adapted to that and you just have to be ready when you get called upon to play.

“I expected pressure, but I didn’t expect it to be as big as it has been.

“You are under the microscope every day. In every game, people are looking at you.

“But that’s Liverpool, and that’s why you want to be here. You have got to blank everything out. You want to be at a club that is challenging every week and is pushing you on as a player,” he admitted.

By Gareth McKnight

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