Stewart Downing has been praised for the way he has fought his way back into the Liverpool team by team-mate Glen Johnson.
The £20m signing from Aston Villa had looked almost certain to be on his way in the summer and boss Brendan Rodgers told the winger that he could leave during the January transfer window if the right offer came in.
However, Downing has now forced his way into the first team line-up on a regular basis and the right back is full of praise for the former Middlesbrough star.
Johnson told the club’s website: “He’s been brilliant. I’ve always enjoyed playing with Stewart – I’ve been a big fan of his for many years. We play well together and cause other teams quite a lot of problems.
“Stewart has been fantastic; his work-rate, the way he gets at players and defences. A lot of the time in football, a lot of hard work can go unnoticed.
“Stewart did knuckle down, put his neck on the line and went for it. It’s great to see that now he’s getting the rewards and credit he deserves.”
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