Stewart Downing: I didn’t want to leave Liverpool for West Ham

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The veteran winger has stated that he was reluctant to depart Anfield but the club opted to sell him to the Hammers.

Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has claimed that he never wanted to leave the club to join West Ham but the Anfield outfit opted to offload him, as per The Daily Star.

The ex-England international moved to the Merseyside club from Aston Villa in 2011 but over the course of two years struggled to impose himself.

Liverpool offloaded Downing in 2013, selling him to West Ham, despite his performances improving at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

The 31-year-old has since moved to Middlesbrough but has been looking back at his career and has made some revelations.

Downing has stated that he was reluctant to leave Liverpool and if he had the opportunity he would have preferred to stay and fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

"I got back in the team and was hitting form; we were gelling quite well as a team,” Downing told The Daily Star.

“Then came the end of the season and I thought I was back in the team. I wanted to stay and fight for my place.

"Brendan said he wanted me to stay, but the club told me that there was an offer from West Ham. I didn't want to move."

Liverpool were criticised for the amount of money they spent on homegrown players at that time, with Downing and Andy Carroll’s considerable transfer fees scrutinised.

Downing started to get back to his best at West Ham, with his decision to leave and sign for Championship side Middlesbrough a surprise for many.

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