The Premier League season is nearly upon us, with six teams realistically being able to challenge for the title next term and one of those is Liverpool, a club in far better shape on and off the pitch than twelve months ago.
The new investment from John Henry and his consortium has allowed Kenny Dalglish to spend heavily during 2011 and that includes the signing of Stewart Downing, with the former Aston Villa winger expecting big things from the Merseyside club this season.
Downing said: “There is a buzz back around the place, the owners have invested in the team and I just feel this club is going to go up another level again. I think I can make the step up, I am really pleased to be here and hopefully I can be part of a successful team.
“I don’t think the fact that Liverpool have paid the money for me will mean anything to Kenny,” he continued. “That won’t influence his thinking. He sees a player he wants in a position and he isn’t bothered about price tags”.
Liverpool spent £20 million to secure the signature of Downing, with lots of competition for places expected after the arrival of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson.