Should Liverpool sell Downing? Fans give their verdict on Twitter

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Stewart Downing finally scored a Premier League goal for Liverpool on Saturday - And most fans would agree it's long overdue.

£18 million winger Stewart Downing provided an assist, scored a goal, and was awarded man of the match in the 4-0 rout of Fulham on Saturday.

It should really be a routine occurence given the price Liverpool paid for him, but both goal and assist were the first the winger had provided in the league; like buses both came along at once.

The winger has been a major disappointment since signing for the Reds, and it was expected he would be on his way out in January; even he thought as much, as he told the Guardian.

"It looked as though I would be on my way in January so basically I had to play well to get a new club. It seems to be coming together now and I am pleased."

Brendan Rodgers even said after the game; "If he carries on playing like that he's going nowhere."

Liverpool might just be best advised to cash in while the iron is hot, and they can recoup as much money as they can for him. The next couple of games before the transfer window will be crucial for Downing.

Here is how supporters reacted to his goal and assist, and whether they want him to stay or not - And the verdict is they are split...

@allwynlfc: Watched Gerrard's goal a million times. That Downing pass was unreal#LFC

@herman_lfc: I really hope Downing stay at Anfield #LFC #YNWA

@mraverage2: Downing has more or less admitted that he wasn’t trying in that Guardian article. Add the ‘shhh’ celebration yesterday, he can do one #LFC

@cymru_lfc: I've always kept faith with Downing, delighted he's gaining confidence and showing the fans the ability he has, he still has a future. #LFC

@sertone: Bet we sell Downing, Cole, people start to moan as they 'were getting good', they had their chance, they are in the shop window #lfc

@billyscott31: So we tell downing he can go and then he finally has a decent game ... Threaten him every game game BR #LFC

@bablu121: Fear of Liverpool axe spurred me on, says StewartDowning" Too little, Too late... Taxi for Downing! Exit out of #LFC

@kytey1981: Well pleased for Downing, personally wouldn't sell him as I think he is quality but lack of confidence and plays in the wrong system #lfc

@hatembomb: Brendan sell Downing NOW his stock will NEVER EVER get so high#LFC

@deeman_lfc: I think it's too little too late from #Downing. Two good games doesnt make up for two s*** seasons sorry but I think he needs to go #LFC

@candi2382: I don't think we should sell downing he is starting to play well #lfc

@rockashakazulu: maybe Downing was visited by the ghosts of Liverpool past, present, and future to help turn his form around #LFC #YNWA

Do you want Downing to stay or go?

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