Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/10/13
Stewart Downing believes competition for places is the reason for Liverpool's recent upturn in form. The Anfield board sanctioned expensive January moves for Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, both of whom scored on their full debuts. And Downing reckons the pair's arrival has created an edge in the squad responsible for 12 goals in three straight wins - six of them for Luis Suarez. He told the club website: "It's all come together. Even at the start of the season, we were creating a lot of chances but maybe didn't have that killer instinct. "Now, every chance Suarez gets he seems to be finishing. Coutinho has come in and added a bit, as has the arrival of Daniel Sturridge. "The competition for places also helps. It's healthy for the team and the club. "If we can keep the core of the squad together and the manager can add a few more, which is highly likely he will do, I think we've got a great chance next season. "It was obviously going to take time to adjust under Brend...
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