Liverpool’s Stewart Downing: Next season will be a big test for us
Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing believes Brendan Rodgers's new-look side should be judged on their displays next term
Stewart Downing believes Brendan Rodgers’ new-look Liverpool side will face a “big test” of their potential next season.
The Reds have undergone a period of transition this term after the 40-year-old replaced Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in May 2012.
Rodgers has made seven signings, including Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, in a bid to usher in a new successful era at the Merseyside outfit.
But the Reds are eight points behind fifth-placed Chelsea, with their prospects of qualifying for the Europe looking increasingly slim.
However, Downing feels that Rodgers’ side should be judged on their performances next season.
“This season was always going to be a transition time, with new ideas and players,” Downing told the Daily Telegraph.
“Next season is a big test for us. He [Rodgers] has most of the players he wants and we have to crack on.”
Downing also insisted Liverpool will not start to wind down their season despite trailing their nearest top-six rivals by eight points.
“We won’t let the season peter out,” added Downing.
“The manager certainly won’t let that happen. He has stressed that we keep going right to the end and see what happens.
“There are going to be slip-ups along the way but it’s going to be tough for us, there’s no hiding that. We have another big game coming up against Chelsea.”