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Downing at home with Reds

STEWART Downing admits he already feels at home at Liverpool following his summer arrival from Aston Villa.

The former Middlesbrough star moved to Anfield via Villa Park in a £20m deal and has helped Kenny Dalglish's men to 13 points from their opening seven Premier League matches.

Downing has been away with England during the current international break, but he will return to the Liverpool squad for the clash with Manchester United next Saturday.

And the winger is more than comfortable as a team-mate of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Jose Reina and Dirk Kuyt.

"I've only been at the club a couple of weeks but it seems longer because I settled in so quickly," he said.

"It was easy to feel at home here with the lads.

"It's a good club with good people. There is a good group of players and they've all helped me."

Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez only joined Liverpool last January, while Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Luis Enrique, Sebastian Coates, Craig Bellamy and Alexander Doni were summer signings.

It is a remodelled squad under Dalglish, but Downing is pleased with how the club is bonding, as he said: "It's a big part of football. If team-mates aren't getting on, then you don't tend to do well.

"If you all do get on, then that can only help you when you step on the field. The boss is into it big and the players have been out for a few meals together.

"We're still a relatively new group. Some of the lads like Stevie and Carra have been here since day one.

"A few others like Pepe (Reina) and Dirk have been here a couple of years, then there's quite a few of us who have only arrived recently. There's a good mix."