Christian Benteke opened his Crystal Palace account at the weekend and the big Belgian will no doubt be pleased that his difficult Liverpool days are behind him.

Mario Balotelli has also been forced to pastures new and netted a brace in Nice’s win over Marseille on Sunday.

With Jurgen Klopp’s men looking like a slick attacking outfit against Leicester City though, there is one member of the squad at Anfield in grave danger or becoming a forgotten man.

Danny Ings has yet to feature under the German coach this season and must be wondering if he is going to be afforded many chances to impress.

The former Burnley man is behind both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order of out-and-out strikers at the club and even those two are not guaranteed game time.

The fluidity of the forward line in Klopp’s tactics, allows creative midfielders like Roberto Firmino and Phillppe Coutinho to occupy places which would usually belong to more traditional centre forwards.

The form of Adam Lallana and Saido Mane also means competition for starting berths is intense.

Ings, who has been blighted by injuries since joining from Burnley, suffered a cruciate ligament tear just as Klopp took over the reins last season and missed the remainder of the campaign as a result.

In fact, the 24-year-old has made just a handful of appearances since his arrival in Liverpool.

The forward, who has a solitary England cap, will be hungry for regular action to revive his stagnating career.

His concerns may have been temporarily appeased by his manager, who made it clear during the summer that there was no intention to offload the player. As the weeks tick by however, Ings will quickly become concerned if there is no change in the current situation.

Ings continues to work on his match fitness and has been in fine form for Liverpool’s under-23 side.

Sunderland reportedly made and an approach to loan the striker before the transfer window shut and he could be forgiven for thinking that he should have been allowed to head out in search of pitch time.

The coming weeks will reveal whether or not he needs to seek a permanent move in January.


  1. He’s going nowhere, with Sturridges propensity for getting injured we need Ings to step in. Origi is still a work in progress who loses his head in front of goal and blasts the ball when a simple tap in is all that is needed. Although he occasionally plays there Firmino is not a centre forward.

    So Gareth stop looking for a story where there is none.


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