Football - Downing driven on by frustration

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits manager Brendan Rodgers telling him he could leave provided a "kick up the backside".

PA Sport

He insists he never wanted to move on but the message from the Northern Irishman meant he had to start seriously considering he may not have a future at Anfield.

Downing was left confused and surprised by his continued absence from the first team - hinting that the decision had not been made on football grounds.

"I wanted to stay, I didn't want to leave but it was out of my hands," said the 28-year-old.

"I was out of the team and frustrated and I said if something big came up I'd look at it.

"We had that conversation and, to be honest, I thought I was on my way in January.

"I was a little bit surprised when he (Rodgers) said I could go. "He came in and was pleased with me at the start and then all of a sudden things changed quickly and I could go.

"I don't know who makes that decision but one minute I was being told I was doing well and the next I was told I could go. It was a bit confusing.

"But it is a kick up the backside. I then had nothing to lose as I was going.

"If it was a gee-up for me then maybe it's worked because the performances are coming now."

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