Liverpool fringe player to fight for place

Stewart Downing, LiverpoolStewart Downing has stated that he is willing to fight for his place at Liverpool.

The England international has not been used on a regular basis by Brendan Rodgers, who has preferred to use young talent Raheem Sterling.

However, the left winger has admitted that he did not appreciate Rodgers’ recent comments telling him to work harder, but is willing to fight for a place in the Reds’ starting XI.

“I was disappointed by what was said but if that’s the way the manager sees it I have to take it,” Downing said in the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s fine. I’ll fight, I’ll fight every day.

“The only thing I can do is keep working hard and when the chances come make sure I take them. I’ll fight for a place here. My aim is to get back in the team and prove the manager wrong.

“I haven’t even considered the idea of leaving here.

“I’ve still got three years left on my contract and I intend to see that through. In fact I want to stay even longer than that. I love playing for Liverpool and it’s a great club with great fans.

“I don’t want to leave and I don’t want to play for anyone else,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight