England winger was told he could depart Anfield in Jan transfer window.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has admitted that manager Brendan Rodgers told him to find a new club earlier in the season.
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However, the England international responded to being shown the exit door at Anfield by producing the best form of his Reds career, with the 28-year-old having started each of the Merseysiders’ previous ten matches.
“I wasn’t in the team or playing and he said to me maybe I could look elsewhere because I need to play at my age,” Downing told the Sun.
“I didn’t totally agree, but I understood where he was coming from.
“Obviously he needs players who are going to play and not be sat about, but I thought in the back of my mind if I get a chance I can prove myself to him.
“Luckily enough, I did in the next week or so after that.
“Our conversations 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.
“It’s the same for all the players. It’s good for me and that’s how I like it — to be told if it’s right or wrong.
“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 and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after.
“I’ve still got a few more years on my contract so I’d like to see it out if that can happen — and the only thing I can do is play well and he’ll keep me in the team.”
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