By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The 28-year old moved to Liverpool from Aston Villa in 2011, as one of former Reds manager Kenny Dalglish's signings. However, Downing struggled to impress alongside some of the other new players like Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson.
After the appointment of Brendan Rodgers in the summer, Downing insisted he was ready to prove to the former Swansea boss that he merited a place in the Liverpool squad. Nonetheless, the Englishman has seen his playing opportunities limited to Europa League games, with Rodgers prefering to select youngster Raheem Sterling ahead of him.
With the Reds boss desperate to strengthen his squad in the next transfer window, the Daily Mirror reports that Downing has been told that he is free to leave Anfield. Rodgers is prepared to make a loss on the winger's departure after acknowledging that it would be almost impossible for the club to recoup the 20 million pounds shelled out for him.
Should a club fail to come in for Downing's signature, the player is expected to follow Carroll's route and go out on loan, as Liverpool no longer wish to be burdened with his 70,000 pound per week wage deal.