Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Stewart Downing's long-term position could be left-back.

He does not believe that asking Downing, who has yet to create or score a Barclays Premier League goal for Liverpool, to switch roles reflects negatively on his qualities.

"It is a big possibility that Stewart can play there," said Rodgers. "You look at the modern day full backs, like Barcelona's Jordi Alba and Ashley Cole - Ashley Cole was a centre forward as a young player.

"When Middlesbrough reached the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla in 2006, Stewart played left back during that run. His job at the top end of the pitch is to create and score goals. But sometimes switching positions can release the pressure on players."