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Downing rejects exit talk

English winger Stewart Downing has moved to deny speculations linking him with a January exit from Anfield.

The 28-year-old has lost his place in the side to 17-year-old Raheem Sterling at the start of the new season and has made just one Premier League start this term.

As a result, the experienced midfielder is being linked with a move away from Anfield just one year after he joined the club in a €22.8 million move from Aston Villa.

The player, nevertheless, explains that he is ready to fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ team.

“Hopefully I’ll start and if I do it will be an opportunity to show the manager that I’m here to fight,” Downing told the Liverpool Echo, referring to Liverpool’s Europa League clash against Udinese.

“I don’t want to leave and I don’t want to play for anyone else. I’m enjoying it here. Yes, I’m disappointed that I’m not in the team at the moment but football is a funny game. I’ll fight for my place here. ”

The former England international has yet to score a Premier League goal for the Reds, despite already making 39 league appearances for the side.

Downing has made just three Premiership appearances this season, starting one game and coming from the bench on two occasions.

Thu 4 October, 2012
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