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Downing: Liverpool can push on

Stewart Downing believes Liverpool can be a force next season after admitting this campaign was always going to be a time of transition.

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Stewart Downing: Confident Liverpool can push on next season

Stewart Downing: Confident Liverpool can push on next season

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Liverpool's slim European hopes suffered another blow on Saturday after they were held to a goalless draw at Reading despite dominating proceedings at the Madejski Stadium.

The result means Liverpool trail sixth-placed Everton by five points and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight, having played a game more than both sides.

Missing out on Europe would be a blow for Liverpool, but Downing believes they can push on next season after settling into life under Brendan Rodgers.

"This season was always going to be a transition time, with new ideas and players," Downing told the Daily Telegraph.

"Next season is a big test for us. He [Rodgers] has most of the players he wants and we have to crack on."

Downing insists they will not let their season fizzle out for the last five games despite qualification for Europe looking like a long shot.

"We won't let the season peter out," added Downing.

"The manager certainly won't let that happen. He has stressed that we keep going right to the end and see what happens.

"There are going to be slip-ups along the way but it's going to be tough for us, there's no hiding that. We have another big game coming up against Chelsea."

Downing admitted their failure to show more of a killer instinct when on top in games has been their downfall this season after failing to score from 26 attempts against Reading.

"Some of the chances we had, instead of making the keeper save them, we should have put them away," continued Downing

"That's been our downfall. The longer the game went on, Reading got more confident."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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