Downing feeling expectation of Liverpool

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has admitted that he is feeling the pressure of moving from Aston Villa to Anfield, The Daily Mail reports.

The England international cost the Reds £20m last summer, but has only assisted one goal in the 30 appearances he has made for the club. Downing’s place in the side is now under threat with the returning Craig Bellamy available for Sunday’s Carling Cup final with Cardiff City. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has praised the work of Downing this season, but the player himself has recognised that he needs to adapt to the Liverpool culture.

Downing said: ‘It has been a little bit of a culture shock. But I have adapted to that and you just have to be ready when you get called upon. It has been a bit up and down for me, but you have just got to keep your head down and keep working hard. I expected pressure, but I didn’t expect it to be as big as it has been. You are under the microscope every day’.

The 27 year old has been called into Stuart Pearce’s England squad for the friendly against Holland and has been touted for a spot on the plane to Euro 2012 this summer. Downing has to address his club form and revealed that if training isn’t correct at Liverpool, manager Kenny Dalglish watches everything and will not pick those who do not train well.

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