Under fire winger set for Liverpool stay?

When we at the Football Transfer Tavern first heard about the Mayan prediction about the end of the world, we did not think they meant that Liverpool winger Stuart Downing would get a goal and an assist in the very same game!

Sky Sports report that this turn of events mean that the player wishes to remain at Liverpool and fight for a first team place. As our landlord points out, the winger’s troubles have been well documented and had it not been for Fernando Torres taking up most of last year’s ridicule and spoofs, the England international could well have found himself even worse off.

It had been reported that manager Brendan Rodgers was willing to listen to offers for the player who cost £20 million when the Merseyside club bought him from Aston Villa, but the player himself has expressed a desire to stay claiming that: “Rodgers has been straight with me and said if something comes up in January them we’d look at it but if he’s saying I’m staying then it’s a funny old game football.”

The 28-year-old concluded by admitting that: “the only thing I can do is play well and make him keep me and pick me and that is all I am trying to do.”  Liverpool of course are in the market for a striker and expect to unveil Daniel Sturridge when the window opens and Downing believes he is just the player to provide the assists for both the impending Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

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