Downing says Rodgers’ Liverpool are in transitional period

Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing has insisted that the club are currently in a transitional period and will be a force to be reckoned with next season, writes The Telegraph.

The former Middlesbrough midfielder was publically questioned earlier in the season by then-newly appointed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about his desire to perform for the club, but has since played his way into the boss’ long-term first team plans.

Downing has moved to reassure fans that the club are still refusing to give up on the season after falling further behind bitter rivals Everton in the league after their goalless draw with strugglers Reading at the weekend.

He said: “We won’t let the season peter out. 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.”

The Telegraph also speculates that while failure to qualify for European football next season may be painful in the short-term for Liverpool, the added time to focus on league performance could prove to be beneficial in the long-term for the club.

They believe that Rodgers’ squad is now taking the shape he envisioned when he arrived at Anfield in the summer, and some squad strengthening during the transfer window could open the door to a top four target next season.

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