Rodgers questioned the England wingerâ€™s courage, but Downing has Âdefiantly hit back and admits he was disappointed that Rodgers went public with a stinging personal attack.
And he insists he will not be forced out of the club he joined from Aston Villa for ÂŁ20million just 15 months ago. â€śBravery is a lot of things â€“ itâ€™s not just about tackling,â€ť said Downing.
â€śThatâ€™s not my game. My bravery is about taking the ball when you are losing a game and trying to create things. Thatâ€™s what I try to do. You will have to ask the manager exactly what he meant.
â€śI was surprised that he came out with what he did. I have spoken to him on numerous occasions when I wasnâ€™t in the team and that was private.
â€śSo, of course, Iâ€™m upset. But Iâ€™m not going to go running around tackling people because thatâ€™s not my game. Iâ€™ve got three years left on my contract and Iâ€™m going nowhere.
â€śI have worked hard to get here and I am not going to leave in a rush. I will fight for my place and I want to stay at Anfield.â€ť