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Liverpool boss Rodgers: I didn't want to lose Downing

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he didn't want to sell Stewart Downing.

Downing and Andy Carroll return to Liverpool this weekend with West Ham United.

Rodgers said: "Stewart is one that I didn't want to let go. He had a difficult start but on the second half of the season he was a regular. He's got a wonderful technique and is a good guy. It hasn't surprised me how well he has done.

"I just felt that Andy (Carroll) might not have been a regular here. That doesn't mean he is a bad player. He is an outstanding player."

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