Liverpool manager runs rule over Ings-Sturridge partnership
Brendan Rodgers is encouraged by Liverpool's latest strike partnership
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool new-look strike partnership of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge is shaping up to be a really good combination.
The England international scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
There’s a really good combination there
Ings started alongside Sturridge and impressed for the Reds, although he failed to score his third goal in five games in all competitions.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Sion in the Europa League group stage at Anfield on Thursday, Rodgers gave his thoughts on the Ings-Sturridge combination.
“I thought the combination was very good,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference. “In particular, those two up front were a real threat.
“We obviously scored three goals but maybe could have had a few more. Danny Ings has been outstanding, he gives us great intensity and pressure in the game but he’s also got quality.
“I’ve always felt, and one of the reasons we brought him here, that 25 yards out from goal he looks like he can score. Because he can manipulate the ball himself and shoot, or you saw some of his touches to play Daniel in.
“Daniel has shown and proven the qualities he has. If we can keep him fit – he still has a way to go but is working towards a great level of fitness – then there’s a really good combination there.”
Roy Evans’ Liverpool eliminated Alberto Bigon’s Sion in the 1996/97 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup second round, winning 2-1 in Switzerland and 6-3 at Anfield.
Sion were the first visiting team to score three times in a European fixture at Anfield; only FC Barcelona (1-3, 2001), Chelsea FC (1-3, 2009), Udinese Calcio (2-3, 2012) and Real Madrid CF (0-3, 2014) have done so since.