Stewart Downing pleased to shown Liverpool what he is capable of
Stewart Downing hopes his display against Anzhi has given Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers 'food for thought'.
Last Updated: 26/10/12 2:33pm
The England international has not enjoyed the best of times at Anfield since completing a big-money move from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011.
A frustrating spell on Merseyside has seen him struggle to live up to expectations, producing just four goals.
Downing's latest contribution proved to be a telling one though, as Liverpool edged out Anzhi 1-0 in the UEFA Europa League, and he is now pushing hard for a starting berth in Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton.
"It was satisfying to get the goal but the win was the most important thing," Downing said in the Liverpool Echo.
"The only way you can prove yourself to the manager is out on the field. All I can do is score goals and try to play well.
"I want to be playing in the Premier League and I'd love to play in the derby. Hopefully I've given the manager food for thought.
"We've got a big squad and the lads have done well recently so I'm not sure if the manager will change things.
"But I'm ready and waiting for a chance and when it comes I have to make sure I take it."