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Downing told he can leave Anfield

There was little surprise in the Football Transfer Tavern when Goal.com correspondent Tom Doyle reported that Liverpool misfit Stuart Dowing has been told he can leave the club.

The former Middlesbrough winger has endured a frustrating time at Anfield since signing from Aston Villa for £20 million in 2011 and he confirmed he has been told by Brendan Rodgers that he is free to leave the club.

The 28-year-old has failed to hold down a regular starting position in Rodgers’ side this term despite being tested in the left back position and Liverpool are ready to send him out on loan for the rest of the season before selling him permanently at the end of the campaign.

Downing told Goal.com: “The manager has said I can leave if I want to. I think it’s just the nature of football, the old cliche about it being a funny old game is true,” he told reporters.

“I’ve played for a long time and there are spells when you can be in and out of any side. 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.”

The winger failed to score a single league goal in his 36 Premier League games last term and is yet to make his mark this year in the league. Jose Enrique is currently preferred in the left sided midfield position and Downing is already looking at the January transfer window as a possible escape route out of Anfield.

Downing added: “That’s how the situation is and we will have to see what happens in January or in the summer.”

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