Downing willing to fight to regain Liverpool place

Stewart Downing does not want to leave Liverpool despite struggling to force his way into the plans of new manager Brendan Rodgers, with the England winger insisting he will work hard to get back into the team, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Rodgers recently said publically that Downing needed to show more “hunger and desire” in training or face being sold in the January transfer window. Downing admitted the manager’s comments gave him a jolt and while he may not agree with what Rodgers said, added he has little choice but to knuckle down and impress the former Swansea City boss.

Downing said: “I was disappointed by what was said but if that’s the way the manager sees it I have to take it. That’s fine. I’ll fight, I’ll fight every day. I have done that since I was 10 years old when I was trying to get through at Middlesbrough.

Bought by Kenny Dalglish last summer for a fee the Echo puts at £20m, Downing failed to impress the Anfield faithful with his contributions last season. He has started only once in the league under Rodgers, the opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, and has not even made the substitutes’ bench in some of Liverpool’s recent league fixtures, but Downing is expected to feature against Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday.

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