Stewart Downing has vowed to save his Liverpool FC career following his most impressive display yet for the club in the win over Fulham on Saturday.
Downing has endured a difficult time at Anfield since signing for £20million in 2011, having not scored a Premier League goal until the weekend’s 4-0 victory over Fulham.
It had been reported that the Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was happy to allow him to leave in January after all but securing a deal for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, as well as trying to re-sign young winger Thomas Ince from Blackpool.
However Downing insists he wants to stay and fight for his place at club. “That goal had been a long time coming and I am enjoying playing games,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“It seems to be coming together now and I am pleased. I worked hard to get to a club like this and I don’t want to leave in a hurry. I want to stay.”
“I never wanted to leave but obviously I was out of the team, I was frustrated as a result of that, and in that situation you have to look at something if it crops up.
“The only thing I can do is play well and make him keep me here. All I am trying to do is make him pick me. Hopefully, if I keep playing like I did against Fulham, that will happen.”
The 28-year-old will now hope he can win over the fans by starting to live up to his price tag.