Liverpool players welcome the imminent signing of Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing.

Despite the misgivings among some fans, Kop idol Jamie Carragher is certain Downing has the attributes to be a key player at Anfield.

Carragher said: "It's a terrific signing, there's no doubt about that. He has been a top player in the Premier League for seven years and Stewie will definitely make a difference with his ability to get down the line and fire in quality crosses.

"He will give us genuine class on the left-hand side. Every team need quality players in each position and that is what we are getting back towards.

"I know him, so does Stevie (Gerrard). He knows Andy Carroll and Glen Johnson (from England duty) so it will help walking into a dressing room with plenty of familiar faces. He'll get a great welcome because he's a good lad and a top player as well."

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