News — August 29, 2012 13:13

Rodgers: Downing May Play At Left Back

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Brendan Rodgers has said that Stewart Downing may have to play at left-back if he stays at Anfield.

The winger has been the subject of transfer speculation but Rodgers believes Downing could prove an attacking force from left back.

“I think he is good enough for that. Absolutely. Time will tell [whether he can do it consistently]. I don’t like to just give up on players. I always look at different ways you can play them. Stewart has a future as an attacking player but I have had a good chat with him on the role and he is excited about it. That is the biggest thing”.

“There is no point putting a player into a position he doesn’t want to play. But when you speak to someone and tell them what the future could be, along with the qualities that he has, there is no doubt that in the modern game, he could play that role.”

The Liverpool manager also explained his reason for the shift.

“If you look at the modern-day full-backs, [Jordi] Alba [Spain left-back], [Chelsea’s] Ashley Cole – Ashley Cole was a centre-forward. When I bring young players through, I will always bring attackers because they can move back. When Middlesbrough reached the Uefa Cup final against Sevilla, he played left-back on that run. Sometimes it can release the pressure on players. His job at the top end of the pitch is to create and score goals”.

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