He is well aware Rodgers will continue to re-shape Liverpoolâ€™s squad in the summer, meaning a dip in form would leave him in the same vulnerable position he occupied last autumn.
Downing said: "When the manager gave me a chance again, it was probably the last one I was going to get as he was looking at bringing players in.
"If I keep playing well, he canâ€™t leave me out. Thatâ€™s how I see it at the minute. Every time I play is a chance to prove him wrong. But if you donâ€™t perform, he will be disappointed and you wonâ€™t play.
"If he does strengthen again in the summer, it will be good for the team. But every game I play, I have to do well as I know he is going to strengthen."