Stewart Downing admits handing in transfer request to Liverpool
Stewart Downing is ready to leave Liverpool following abysmal form since his arrival at Anfield. The England international has failed to make an impact at Liverpool in the past 18 months, which has finally forced him to move out of the club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is at peace with Stewart Downing’s decision to leave the club. Brendan Rodgers had already hinted Stewart Downing to review his options after labeling him as surplus as the club.
The 28-year-old Englishman arrived was bought by Liverpool for £20 million from Aston Villa last summer under then manager Kenny Dalglish. The moved proved to be one of the biggest mistakes Liverpool could have made. Stewart Downing’s poor form led fans to question if the veteran really deserved to play for Liverpool in his first season at the club.
In a recent interview to The Sun, the left winger came out to admit that he had indeed handed in a transfer request at Liverpool.
“The manager has said I can leave if I want to,” Stewart Downing informed. “I think it's just the nature of football, the old cliché about it being a funny old game is true. I've played for a long time and there are spells when you can be in and out of any side.
Stewart Downing regularly featured in Liverpool’s squad under Kenny Dalglish. Stewart Downing recorded two goals and two assists in 46 appearances during his debut season. This season Stewart Downing has been demoted to a left back, but his dismissive form at the spot has got him thrown back to the sidelines once again.
“At the minute I'm trying to play as much as possible. If that doesn't happen I am at an age where I cannot be sat around. I need to play and the manager understands that. That's how the situation is and we will have to see what happens in January or in the summer,” Stewart Downing added.
Brendan Rodgers and Stewart Downing have been biting at each other in media for a while now. The former Swansea manager asked the winger to improve his form a number of times if he wants to continue his career at Liverpool.
Stewart Downing’s lack lustrous form allowed Liverpool’s Academy player Rahim Sterling to break in to the first team. So far the 17-year-old forward has overshadowed Stewart Downing in all aspects on the field.