It will go down as one of the most ill-judged transfers of recent times, and that is saying something.
Stewart Downing has become a figure of fun since his move to Liverpool, and almost everybody is laughing, unless you happen to be one of the following people...
a) John Henry
b) Brendan Rodgers
c) His teammates
d) Stewart Downing
And we bet the sacked Kenny Dalglish doesn't feel too good when he hear's his name mentioned either. Reports today have claimed Liverpool are ready to axe the flop, who is yet to net in the Premier League.
His form has not been up to scratch, certainly not for the near £20 million the Reds paid Aston Villa for his services.
He has been usurped on the wing by 17-year-old Raheem Sterling, and the winger can't get a place in the England squad either. Brendan Rodgers has tried playing him at left-back, which hasn't been disastrous, but it appears more of a temporary fix rather than a long-term option.
So the news he could be off is expected to be welcomely received by fans, who saw the player get a public dressing down from his new manager a month ago for his claims that he didn't see tackling as a part of his duty as a winger.
But there is one worry: Just how much would they and could they get for him?
Downing isn't exactly going to be in-demand, and Aston Villa would be unlikely to take him back.
They spent approximately £20 million on signing him, but they would be incredibly lucky to get half that back, a quarter may be more reasonable at £5 million.
Let's just look at his mind-boggling statistics in the Premier League for the Reds:
2011/12 - Games: 36, Goals: 0, Assists: 0
2012/13 - Games: 4, Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Sure he's added a handful of goals and assists in cup competitions, but the above record is embarrassing - sparking this mickey-taking DVD viral, and outlines where it has all gone wrong for the winger. Yes he has been unlucky, hitting the woodwork several times, but sooner or later that boils down to poor accuracy.
Potentially Downing could benefit a side like Wigan, or Stoke, but Liverpool would have to take a huge loss which they have been unprepared to do so with regards to Andy Carroll so far.
So will Liverpool instead loan Downing out, hope he hits form and his price increases for a summer sale?
It may be the shrewder move, but it simply depends how urgently FSG need the cash, little as it may be...
What should Liverpool do with Downing? Sell, loan, or let him stick around until the summer?
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