Three reasons why Danny Ings should start next Liverpool game
Three reasons why Brendan Rodgers should start Danny Ings in Liverpool's next game
His work-rate galvanises the team
The effect of Danny Ings’ desire and enthusiasm shouldn’t be underestimated. In the first half of the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at the weekend, Liverpool looked lethargic and flat-footed. When Ings replaced £32m signing Christian Benteke at the break, he proved a breath of fresh air. He pressed from the front, chased lost causes and put Liverpool firmly in control going forward. He showed a desire that resonated with the Anfield faithful and his performance was capped with a fine goal as he slid the ball past the onrushing Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy. In scoring his first goal for Liverpool, he became the historic club’s 400th scorer in league history. At just 23, the former Bournemouth and Burnley player has his best years ahead of him and the heart he showed in his 45-minute cameo will have been noted by Brendan Rodgers. It would be a big call to start him ahead of Benteke but it would prove for the good of the team at this point in time.
He will help Sturridge ease back in to the team
Daniel Sturridge made his long-awaited return from yet another injury lay-off this weekend. Not known for doing a great deal in terms of pressing from the front, Sturridge is a player of immense skill and control in tight spaces. With Ings playing the role of offensive water-carrier, so-to-speak, Sturridge will be able to save his energy for bursts of pace and driving runs at the opposition. Benteke provides an alternate option as he loves to attack crosses and play with his back to goal as a target man. The Belgian has made a decent start to this Anfield career but Liverpool supporters are not yet overly enamoured with the big striker. With no win in their last five games, it would make sense for Rodgers to see the effect of a different formation and hand Ings the start he craves. You can guarantee he’ll put a shift in. Liverpool once again find themselves fighting it out in the Premier League trenches and as a player in situations like this, Ings is someone you’d be glad to have battling alongside you.
Aldridge thinks he’s got quality
John Aldridge knows a good striker when he sees one. Still the sixth highest scorer in English football, the Irishman praised Ings’ performance in the draw with Norwich. “He played like a 1980s throwback, running, chasing, harrying and closing down Norwich defenders throughout,” wrote former Liverpool striker. Aldridge in his column in the Liverpool Echo. “He reminded me of Rushie and myself in the 1980s, refusing to give defenders a minute’s peace. He showed a wonderful attitude which was both refreshing and infectious. He came on at half-time and brought the crowd to life and lifted the players around him, too. And he’s got quality too.
“His movement was excellent, he took his goal very well and did everything that could have been asked of him.” Ex-Liverpool players are plentiful in the press and fan’s opinions often agree with their former heroes. As well as anything else it might be a good PR move by Rodgers to hand Ings against Carlisle in the League Cup tomorrow night. His toughest decision might come at the weekend when deciding which of his three strikers will be benched for the visit of Benteke’s former club Aston Villa.