Liverpool's Stewart Downing says he is "upset" and "disappointed" after manager Brendan Rodgers told the press the winger has to fight for the shirt.

The Reds have made an indifferent start to the season under their new boss and before Sunday's game against Stoke at Anfield find themselves 14th in the Barclays Premier League table. Rodgers revealed late last month he had spoken to Downing and claimed he had to "show more commitment to the cause".

However, those comments to the media have not sat well with the 28-year-old who claims he always gives his all. He said in a number of national newspapers: "I was upset and you'll have to ask the manager what he meant with that quote. I always try my best."

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