Despite struggling in the Premier League this season, Liverpool have excelled in domestic cup competitions. After a successful Carling Cup conquest, the team is now one step away from lifting the FA Cup, if they can defeat Chelsea.
Cup fixtures have been particularly delightful for Downing, as he scored his first Liverpool goal during the team's FA Cup third round game with Oldham and also struck the match winner against Stoke City in the quarter finals.
After picking up the Man of the Match award for his performance in the Carling Cup final, the winger is eager to do well and score at Wembley this weekend.
"Scoring against Stoke was even better because it got us in the semi-finals, which was probably my proudest moment at Liverpool. It was certainly up there in terms of one of the best goals I've scored. Me and Stevie played a one-two that we had been working on in training, and it was great to score and see us in the semi-finals," Downing shared with Liverpoolfc.tv.
"Hopefully I can emulate that and get a better one on Saturday, and hopefully the winning goal. But if the other lads score and we win the game then that's the main thing for me."
Since Liverpool lifted the Carling Cup at the same venue, Downing believes the team will be spurred on by the memories of their previous triumph.
"It will be our third appearance there this season, so it feels like it's becoming our second home. We've got some good memories playing there and hopefully we can come back with some more," he stated.
"We had a great day against Cardiff and we got our first trophy, which is important for a new-look team. Now we want more."
The Englishman is aware Chelsea are a team with qualities exceeding any of their previous opponents, but he remains confident Liverpool's desire will ensure they finish champions.
"I think it will be our biggest test of the season. No disrespect to the other teams we have played like Cardiff and Everton, but they are a strong team with big characters who have been there and done it. They will be up for it as well and there is a lot at stake but we are looking forward to it and are really confident we can win the game," Downing shared.
"Before the semi-final everyone said Everton would beat us because they are the team in form, but look what happened. It's about who wants it more. We are playing for Liverpool who are used to playing in big occasions so we are looking forward to this."
Downing also pointed out team-mate Luis Suarez as the man to watch in the upcoming final, as he believes the Uruguayan has hit top form at the right time.
"He's a big player for us and we need him on form. He had a bit of a rest on Tuesday so hopefully he will be ready to go and I'm sure the likes of John Terry won't be looking forward to playing against him because he is a nightmare for defenders," he said.
"He is unpredictable and can come up with things that other players can't."
Liverpool and Chelsea clash at Wembley for the FA Cup on Saturday.