Liverpool winger Stewart Downing delighted to revive his Reds career
Liverpool's Stewart Downing says he is pleased to have saved his Reds career after being told that he could leave the club
Stewart Downing has revealed his relief at reviving his Liverpool career – after Brendan Rodgers had told the winger that he could leave the club in January.
The 28-year-old struggled to break into Liverpool’s starting line-up under Rodgers, continuing his patchy form from the previous campaign.
With the Reds boss deeming the England international surplus to requirements, Downing was told that he could search for a move elsewhere in the transfer window.
It prompted an improvement in his performances and Downing is now a permanent fixture in Rodgers’ side, having started Liverpool’s last eight Premier League games.
“It was very open,” he said. “I wasn’t in the team or playing and he said to me maybe I could look elsewhere because I need to play at my age.
“I didn’t totally agree, but I understood where he was coming from. Obviously he needs players who are going to play and not be sat about, but I thought
in the back of my mind if I get a chance I can prove myself to him. Luckily enough, I did in the next week or so after that.
“[Our conversations] have been very open – if I’m doing well he will say so and if not, I’ll be pulled and told what I need to do. It’s the same for all the players. It’s good for me and that’s how I like it – to be told if it’s right or wrong. At the moment it’s all going well and he’s pleased with me, so I have to keep it going.
“I said to him I’d love to stay and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after. I’ve still got a few more years on my contract so I’d like to see it out if that can happen, and the only thing I can do is play well and he’ll keep me in the team.”