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Downing pleased with Liverpool debut despite defeat

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing shrugged off defeat on debut to Hull City on the weekend.

Downing almost scored within three minutes of being introduced but was denied by a fingertip save from substitute stopper Adriano Basso.

Afterwards he told liverpoolfc.tv: "It could have been a dream debut. I thought it was in to be honest but it was a great save from the 'keeper.

"We created a lot of chances but just didn't put them away - hopefully we're saving that for the season.

"It's been good training, I've enjoyed it up to now and it was nice to be out there. A disappointing result but pre-season is all about fitness."

Downing completed his move from Villa Park nine days ago and claims he is enjoying his new life in the north-west.

"It's brilliant so far," he said. "It's a top football club and I'm getting looked after very well! Hopefully I can make an impact and do my best.

"I did a week at Aston Villa and a week here so I just want to get out there, get underway, get the debuts out of the way."

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