Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits his fallout with Boss Brendan Rodgers and being told he could leave Liverpool FC is the inspiration to his recent revival in Reds career.
Downing was told he could leave Liverpool FC a couple of months ago if the right offer came in as he was not a regular under the Northern Irishman. However his performances in the last six weeks have shown a marked improvement and believes he is enjoying his best spell for Liverpool Football Club:
It was very open I wasn’t in the team or playing and he said to me maybe I could look elsewhere because I need to play at my age. I didn’t totally agree but I understood where he was coming from. Obviously he needs players who are going to play and not be sat about, but I thought in the back of my mind if I get a chance I can prove myself to him. Luckily enough I did in the next week.
Our conversations have been very open. If I’m doing well he will say so and if not, I’ll be pulled and told what I need to do. It’s the same for all the players. It’s good for me and that’s how I like it, to be told if it’s right or wrong. At the moment it’s all going well and he’s pleased with me, so I have to keep it going. I said to him I’d love to stay and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after.
What do you think of Downing’s recent performances? Does he now have a real future at the club?