Downing gives Rodgers a performance to think about

Liverpool’s Stewart Downing is hopeful that his stunning goal against Anzhi has bolstered his chances of playing in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.

The Reds winger has struggled to impress this season, however his 53 minute effort capped off a fine performance on the night.

“I don’t think I’ve scored many goals better than that! Downing told

“It was a good goal and I was very happy with it. It was a good three points too because they made it hard for us and it was looking as though it would probably be a long-range strike that would win the game.

“We’d tried everything and they were tough to break down. It was frustrating at times, but it was a good win and a good night for us in the end.”

Downing is aware that the best way to stake a claim for more action is by delivering where it matters, on the pitch.

“I’m happy. Obviously I don’t know what the team will be for Sunday, but hopefully I’ve given him (Rodgers) a little bit of food for thought.”

Not only did Downing impress with his fine goal he also showed versatility in where he can play. Having started the game off in his more familiar position on the right wing, the second half he was moved to left back after Glen Johnson was substituted at half time.

The victory for Liverpool took them top of Group A with three games gone.
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