Stewart Downing aims to prove doubters wrong this season

Downing: 'I got a lot of stick'
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Stewart Downing is hopeful that he can perform better for Liverpool following a "disappointing" campaign last season.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes that he will improve on last season's "disappointing" individual performance.

The former Aston Villa player was the subject of criticism after failing to score a single Premier League goal in his first campaign with the Merseyside club.

"I was disappointed with how last season went but I'm not sure I'm a 'confidence' player," Downing told the Liverpool Echo.

"I just like to be in the team and doing well. It's not nice when you are not getting results and we certainly took a lot of stick last season when it wasn't happening, especially with us new players coming in."

The Reds will begin the new season with an away trip to West Bromwich Albion on August 18.

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