Liverpool’s summer spending shows no sign of halting, with Stewart Downing the latest player to arrive at Anfield after completing his move for an undisclosed fee this week.
The Merseyside club had several bids for the player rebuffed by Aston Villa before the Midlands club finally agreed to sell the player for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million and Downing joins Charlie Adam and Darius Henderson at the club.
The England international was clearly delighted to be making the switch and is happy to be at a club with such a strong tradition. “It’s a great feeling and I’m very happy to be here. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve had to wait a few weeks, but I’m really pleased to be here,” he told www.liverpoolfc.tv.
“With the tradition, the manager and the players they have here, there was a big temptation to come here and once I knew of their interest, there was only one place I wanted to go.
“It will be a great feeling to run out at Anfield. It’s always nice to come and play here. The atmosphere is always great and the fans are brilliant.
“When I wanted to come to Liverpool, it was the first thing I thought of – playing at Anfield in front of those great fans. I’m really looking forward to it.”