Anfield winger on his way out in January?
Stewart Downing has been told by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers that he is no longer needed at Anfield.
Although Downing has tasted a reasonable amount of first team action in recent weeks, he admits he could be heading for pastures new during January’s transfer window.
Interviewed in the Liverpool matchday programme ahead of Saturday’s visit of Aston Villa, the 28-year-old former Middlesbrough winger said: “The manager has said I can leave if I want to.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Stewart Downing is clearly surplus to requirements at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers is ready to listen to offers for a player who has struggled for form throughout his 18 months at the club.
Liverpool spent £20m on the England winger after he had impressed at Aston Villa, Kenny Dalglish made the 28 year old a virtual ever present under Kenny Dalglish but managed to finish 2011/12 without a Premier League goal or an assist, two rather crucial measures of a player’s ability.
Brendan Rodgers has only handed Downing five Premier League starts this season and most of his action this term has come in an unfamiliar role at left-back, where he hasn’t been a complete disaster.
Quite where Downing will end up or whether a club is willing to make an offer of even half the amount Liverpool paid for the former Middlesbrough man is in doubt.
Either way a move away from the Merseyside club seems on the cards for Stewart Downing, perhaps beginning with a loan move away next month?
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