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Stewart Downing has hit back at Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Stewart Downing: Claims he has been hurt by comments from his manager

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Stewart Downing has blasted Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for questioning his commitment.

Rodgers called on the winger, who became the fourth most expensive signing in the club's history when he arrived from Aston Villa last summer for £20m, to show "fight" for the cause as the club continued its stuttering start to the season.

But Downing has says he has been hurt by comments he believes should not have been made public.

"I was upset and you'll have to ask the manager what he meant with that quote," Downing said. "I always try my best.

"Bravery is a lot of things. If you want tackling and running around bustling, that's not my game. But bravery is also taking the ball when you're losing and creating things. That's what I try to do.

"I'm disappointed but if that's how the manager sees it, there's not a lot I can do about it. I just have to keep working hard and do what he tells me to do.

"I would have preferred if it was private but that's the way it is. We've had a few conversations and the only thing for me is to keep working hard and take my chance when I get it."