Liverpool transfers: Stewart Downing not looking to move in January
Liverpool transfers: Stewart Downing reiterates his desire to stay at the Reds despite the winger being told he can leave
Stewart Downing has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool after the winger’s match-winning performance against Fulham on Saturday.
The 28-year-old teed up captain Steven Gerrard before netting Liverpool’s third goal in a 4-0 victory over the Cottagers at Anfield.
Downing has struggled to make a telling impact at the Reds since completing a £20m move to the Merseyside outfit from Aston Villa in 2011.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had informed Downing that he could leave in the January transfer window, but the former Middlesbrough midfielder is not looking to quit the club.
“I wanted to stay, I didn’t want to leave but it was out of my hands,” said Downing.
“I was out of the team and frustrated and I said if something big came up I’d look at it. We had that conversation and, to be honest, I thought I was on my way in January.
“I was a little bit surprised when he (Rodgers) said I could go. He came in and was pleased with me at the start and then all of a sudden things changed quickly and I could go.
“I don’t know who makes that decision but one minute I was being told I was doing well and the next I was told I could go. It was a bit confusing.
“But it is a kick up the backside. I then had nothing to lose as I was going. If it was a gee-up for me then maybe it’s worked because the performances are coming now.”