Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says being played out of position by Brendan Rodgers during his time at the club was perhaps the lowest point of his career.
Downing arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2011 for a fee of £20million, having starred for Aston Villa as a winger.
After a difficult debut season under Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers arrival saw Downing deployed in the unfamiliar position of left back.
Downing has rediscovered his form at West Ham United after another positional change, and believes the move to Upton Park has saved his career, following a recall to the England squad after some outstanding performances in east London.
Asked if his stint at left back was as bad as it got, Downing said: “Yeah, I think so. Obviously I was out of the team for me just to play, just to get back in the team, was a big thing.
“But at left-back it was obviously difficult. It was a chance to get back in the team for me, so I obviously had to go along with it. I wasn’t happy playing at left-back. It’s not my natural position.
“I knew from then that it was time for me to move. I was getting signals – other players were coming in and I am getting used at left-back rather than winger.
“I think you know when the writing is on the wall for you at a club, so the West Ham move came at a good time for me.
“It was a chance for me to go and play football regularly and play under a manager who wanted me to play every week.”