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Reds ready to sell Downing

November 16, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Stewart Downing has been told he can leave Liverpool in January as manager Brendan Rodgers seeks to raise money to add to his squad.

Brendan Rodgers, Stewart Downing
GettyImagesBrendan Rodgers is seeking to raise funds to improve his squad

Downing has not started a Premier League game since the 3-0 defeat at West Brom on August 18 and does not feature in Rodgers' long-term plans. The manager has publicly questioned the England winger's attitude this season, declaring in September that talent alone would not save his Anfield career.

Liverpool are ready to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, who became the fourth-biggest signing in the club's history when he signed from Aston Villa for £20 million 18 months ago.

Rodgers has largely restricted Downing's starts to the Europa League and the Capital One Cup this season, even using him as a left-back when Jose Enrique was injured.

Downing did get Liverpool's winner against Anzhi Makhachkala in a Europa League Group A match at Anfield last month while operating as an emergency left-back, and has scored four times for the club in total, but has not found the net in the Premier League since moving to Merseyside.

Rodgers has selected Raheem Sterling, Suso and Oussama Assaidi ahead of Downing, who was a regular under previous manager Kenny Dalglish last season. Liverpool are resigned to making a loss on the winger but hope to attract around £10 million for him in January, with Rodgers planning to use the cash to fund bids for attacking players.