Stewart Downing (born 22 July 1984) is an English footballer who played for Liverpool from 2011 until 2013 as a winger. Recruited in the summer of 2011 by Kenny Dalglish for a sum in the region of £20,000,000, the intention for Downing was seemingly to provide ammunition for Liverpool's record signing, 6-foot-3 target man Andy Carroll. Both men however experienced underwhelming careers at Anfield and both became symbols of Liverpool's hugely profligate transfer activity under Dalglish and Director of Football Damien Comolli. After Dalglish's departure in 2012, new manager Brendan Rodgers gave Downing the opportunity to stake his claim for a place in the Liverpool team, however in the summer of 2013, after clocking up a total of 91 games for the club and netting only seven goals, Liverpool accepted a £14,000,000 loss on the player as he sealed a move to West Ham United- the same club where Carroll had also moved a month prior. (more...)

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