England star can leave Anfield.
Liverpool will allow Stewart Downing to leave in January and will accept far less than the £20m he was signed for in summer 2011, reports the Daily Mirror.
Reports in several newspapers this morning claim that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Downing he has no future at Anfield, which will come as no surprise to many Reds fans.
It is fair to say that Downing has underwhelmed since arriving on Merseyside, with Rodgers has expressing open frustration at his performances.
“I don’t waste my time waiting until January to tell both players what I know now,” said Rodgers last month – referring to Downing and team-mate Jose Enrique.
“They know in relation to the demands of what we want and certainly what it is going to take for us to succeed and for them to fit into the dynamics of the group.
“We will give them everything to help them to be better, but if they don’t want to show that self-motivation, if you haven’t got that desire and hunger to succeed then it can be very difficult for you.
“It is about hunger and desire and that is why you admire big players who stay at the top for as long as they can because it is not just what they are doing in games.
“But if you are not quite right in your preparation and you come in looking in for an easy life, pick up your money, it won’t be here.
“We are a club that has to be fighting going forward.”
With Liverpool ready to accept a nominal fee for Downing – and with £35m man Andy Carroll clearly on the way out, the highest priority is to amend the club’s transfer policy.
That way, the Reds will stop wasting money on overpriced English talent…one hopes.
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