Liverpool midfielder Downing focused on win over Udinese

The 28-year-old calls for the Anfield side's minds to be 100 per cent on their game and not other Group A results as they look to secure progression in the Europa League
Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing insists that the club's eyes will be firmly fixed on their Europa League match against Udinese on Thursday and not on events elsewhere in Group A.

A win in Italy would see the Reds through to the knockout stages, as would a draw - though in the case of the latter, they would need Young Boys not to beat already-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala - while defeat would eliminate them from the competition.

But, while the match in Switzerland could have a bearing on their future, the England international has called for 100 per cent focus from Liverpool on their own game.

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"We go into every game to win - that's the way the manager sets us up to play, home or away," Downing told the club’s official website.

"First and foremost we have to do our job, not rely on the other team getting a result. If we win, that's the most we can do.

"It would be disappointing if we did go out because I think we've played ever so well. We'll have to wait and see what happens but we have to get our win first.

"I would personally want to know what's happening [in the other game] but I'm not sure if the manager would prefer that. He'll just want us to win our game first and see what happens in the other one."

"I would personally want to know what's happening [with Young Boys] but I'm not sure if the manager would prefer that"
- Stewart Downing

The 28-year-old also warned of the threat that veteran striker Antonio Di Natale poses to their qualification chances.

"He's an important player for them. You can see with his finish for the goal [at Anfield], his quality," Downing added. "We were warned about him before the game. In the first half we nullified him, we had plenty of the ball.

"He'll be a big player for them but we should concentrate on what we should do to their team and how we can hurt them."