Liverpool winger Stewart Downing insists that he is “going nowhere” despite having his commitment questioned by Brendan Rodgers.
The €25 million signing has has struggled to find his feet at Anfield since joining in July 2011 and the Reds boss remarked in late September that “talent alone is not enough. You have to work hard, you have to fight for the shirt,” in reference to the midfielder.
But Downing told reporters: “I’ve got three years left on my contract and I’m going nowhere.
“I have worked hard to get here and I am not going to leave in a rush. I will fight for my place and I want to stay at Anfield.
“Bravery is a lot of things – it’s not just about tackling. That’s not my game.
“My bravery is about taking the ball when you are losing a game and trying to create things. That’s what I try to do. You will have to ask the manager exactly what he meant.
“I was surprised that he came out with what he did. I have spoken to him on numerous occasions when I wasn’t in the team and that was private.
“So, of course, I’m upset. But I’m not going to go running around tackling people because that’s not my game.”