Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is up for the challenge of fighting for a place with Raheem Sterling and Suso.

Downing insists he welcomes the competition.

"They have done very well," said Downing. "Raheem is only young and has probably got his chance earlier than he thought but he has taken it with both hands. Fair play to him.

"Suso has played less games but started last weekend in a good win at Norwich. They both have talent and they have to keep improving and working hard."