By Joe Nelson

Jurgen Klopp revealed that Danny Ings has staked a claim for inclusion in the Liverpool squad to face his former club on Saturday.

The ex-Burnley striker scored for Liverpool Under-23s against Southampton last weekend with Klopp keen to ensure he builds up his match fitness following his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.

Ings was not included in the matchday 18 for the thrilling 4-3 win over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium last Sunday even though fellow striker Daniel Sturridge missed out with a knee injury.

Substitute Divock Origi was the only orthodox spearhead in the squad as Roberto Firmino was selected to lead the lead, supported by a handful of nimble attacking midfielders.

“I like Danny,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “I talked to him last week and said in my opinion it made more sense that he collects game time. He scored a goal and it was all good.

“It’s the same with all the players – show me your best and then give me difficult decisions to make.

“Hopefully it stays like this and on Friday I have to make difficult decisions because no-one has given me the sign that they don’t want to be involved.”

Ings, whose contract runs until 2020 with The Reds has scored just three goals in nine appearances for the Merseyside club

But he missed most of his debut season with the knee injury and is still working his way back to top condition.

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