Stewart Downing: "I'd love to stay at Liverpool"

Stewart Downing celebrates scoring for Liverpool
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Stewart Downing insists that he is determined to stay at Liverpool and prove to manager Brendan Rodgers that he deserves a regular starting spot.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has insisted that he wants to show Reds boss Brendan Rodgers that he deserves to be part of his long-term plans at Anfield after enjoying a recent improvement in form.

Downing endured a frustrating start to the season and was told by Rodgers that he was free to find a new club after struggling to earn a regular starting place.

The 28-year-old believes that he is good enough to prove his critics wrong on Merseyside and thinks that a run in the first team has helped him show Rodgers his best form.

He told The Sun: "My conversations with Rodgers have been very open. if I'm doing well he will say so and if not, I'll be pulled aside and told what I need to do.

"At the moment it's all going well and he's pleased with me, so I have to keep it going. I said to him I'd love to stay at Liverpool and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after.

"A good run of games has been good for me. I think I've proven in my career that if I play regularly, I tend to give good and consistent performances. It was disappointing because I was in and out, in and out and it was becoming a bit frustrating at times, but the best thing is playing in a winning team and playing with good players helps."

Downing is in the Reds squad for tomorrow's FA Cup clash with League One side Oldham Athletic.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd before kick-off on December 15, 2012
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