Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sings Stewart Downing’s praises

"There's no doubt about Stewart's qualities and what he's showing at the moment is fighting spirit," says Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers has been thrilled with Stewart Downing's recent displays Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers has singled out Stewart Downing for special praise following a string of impressive displays for Liverpool.

Downing, who joined Liverpool from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011, endured a low-key start to his Merseyside career, managing just two goals and two assists despite making 46 appearances last season.

But new Kop boss Rodgers appears to finally be getting the best out of the 28-year-old winger, who already has five goals and seven assists to his name this season.

Downing, who has 34 England caps, scored Liverpool’s equaliser as the Reds came from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

And the Liverpool manager believes that an England recall could be on the cards if he can continue to impress in the Premier League.

“I’ve been delighted with Stewart, he has come into the team and made the position his own. He has been absolutely outstanding,” Rodgers told Liveprool’s website.

“There’s no doubt about Stewart’s qualities and what he’s showing at the moment is that fighting spirit, doing all those things that we ask of every player in the team.

“It was a terrific goal at the weekend, how he read the game to press the centre-half and challenge the goalkeeper. It was a wonderful finish with his right foot.

“It showed his confidence level and how he’s playing at the moment and we’ll look to keep that going.

“If he continues this form, I’m very hopeful he’ll play himself back into the England team.”

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