Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Danny Ings for his attitude and work ethic despite struggling to secure regular playing time so far this season.
The 24-year-old has been limited to just one appearance so far this season which came in the EFL Cup win over Derby County, and Klopp has promised that the forward will be involved against Tottenham on Tuesday night.
Having recovered from a serious injury and continued to work hard to prove himself while impressing with the Under-23s side, Ings will be hopeful that he can make a breakthrough and establish himself in the Liverpool starting line-up.
It won’t be easy given the fierce competition for places up front, but it appears as though he has won the first part of the battle and that is to impress Klopp and ensure that the German tactician trusts to bring him in when necessary.
“He takes the situation in the perfect way but that’s all for him,” he said in his press conference on Monday, as noted by ESPN FC. “He had a long-term injury, he’s not injured anymore, he’s fit, he’s good, he plays in the U23s, that’s all for his career and everything. How he is doing with this attitude, everything will be good at the end.
“He used the game time and so what I can say is he will be involved in the squad tomorrow, 100 percent. All the rest we have to see.
“He’s a nice guy, he’s a wonderful player, that’s all good, but that’s the sign for the strength of the squad.”
Ings enjoyed a successful four-year spell at Burnley prior to his move to Anfield, where he scored 38 goals in 122 league appearances and established himself as a key member of Sean Dyche’s squad.
He’ll now be hoping to follow suit for Liverpool, but with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi standing in his way, he will have a significant battle on his hands.