Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is enjoying playing for manager Kenny Dalglish.

Downing insists success at Wembley shows just how far the team has improved under Dalglish's stewardship.

"Obviously he'd been out of management for a while but he still knew his stuff," Downing told the official LFC magazine. "He must have done because he got the club to a final and he's got a great squad here.

"It must be tough for him with the players that he's got. When people are performing and he's got to pick an 11, it's difficult but that's part and parcel of being a manager and I think he's handled it really well.

"By getting a trophy on board the club has done well and his status had gone up even more.

"I've enjoyed playing for him. Once I heard of the interest here, I wanted to come and play for him because of his reputation and what I'd heard of him."