Comolli excited by Downing arrival
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes the club's rivals have missed a trick in failing to recognise Stewart Downing's ability.
As Kenny Dalglish looks to build a squad capable of challenging at the top of the table, Liverpool have invested heavily in British talent this summer with Downing following Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to the club.
There have been some raised eyebrows about the fee Liverpool paid Aston Villa for Downing - believed to be close to £20 million - but Comolli feels the 26-year-old is well worth the price.
"Maybe his talent is a little bit undervalued in English football, but we know what we are getting - a very, very good, efficient footballer," he said in the Daily Mirror. "We look thoroughly into data and statistics before signing players and we really think we are bringing a big, big asset in.
"I know there was interest from other clubs but he wanted to play for Kenny and Liverpool. We are absolutely delighted - he is a big, big signing for us.
"Maybe others have missed it, but we have got a player who will excite the fans with his technical ability, and that is exactly what we needed as team.
"He has pace, tricks, a great left foot, he can score, make assists and create a lot of things. He can put the balls in for Andy [Carroll], but he's much more than a winger. The stats show that."