Liverpool Transfer Talk: 4 Possible Replacements for Stewart Downing

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Liverpool Transfer Talk: 4 Possible Replacements for Stewart Downing
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Despite his best efforts, Stewart Downing was never really going to be a success at Liverpool.

His £20-million arrival in the summer of 2011 came off the back of a fine season at Aston Villa, but that Villa team was set up to play in a certain way, and it certainly played to his strengths.

At Liverpool things were different, though, and the England winger struggled during a first campaign in which the Reds never really had an identity.

Downing looked as though he was going to pay the price for that when Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager, but having been initially frozen out of Rodgers' plans, he deserved credit for the way he played his way back into them.

He always seemed to be on borrowed time, though, and when a £6 million offer from West Ham arrived this summer, the Reds were always likely to accept it.

But Downing was a fixture in Rodgers' side in the latter half of last season, so someone needs to replace him.

Either from within the club or outside it, who will step into the winger's shoes now?


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