By Dominic Toner
Danny Ings has continued to impress in Liverpool’s Under-23s side – and the club’s supporters believe he should be recalled to the first-team.
The striker netted a hat-trick against Ipswich on Sunday but has only been used once by manager Jurgen Klopp this season, making a substitute appearance in the EFL Cup against Derby.
Ings, 24, has found himself down the pecking order at Liverpool, with Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all ahead of him in the battle to lead the front line..
The Reds have been in impressive form in front of goal and the trio of Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho in particular have started the season strongly.
Ings has likewise been in great form for the Under-23s and scored seven goals for them.
Liverpool fans took to Twitter to urge Klopp to bring Ings back into the senior squad.
I wouldn't be surprised if Danny Ings' recent form with Liverpool U23's sees him replace Divock Origi in the senior squad soon. #LFC
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekkerLFC) October 3, 2016
— Heinrich Alberts (@HeinrichAlberts) October 3, 2016
Surely Ings has to get a chance at the first team? He's in great form for the u-23s. #LFC
— Nathan Booth (@itsboothie) October 3, 2016
— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) October 3, 2016
Nothing against Firmino but to be honest, I do think INGS can play as good as him if given the number of chances Firmino gets in front
— JZM (@jonib_maredia) October 2, 2016
Danny Ings still banging in the goals for the U23s surely can't be long before he starts making the first team on a regular basis #lfc
— Steve flood (@tomlivjak) October 2, 2016
Must admit I would like to see Ings work his way back into the first team squad
— Josh (@LFCJosh23) October 2, 2016
Ings suffered a serious injury while playing for Liverpool last October and it restricted him to just nine appearances for the club, where he scored three goals.
His form for the Under-23s will surely have caught the attention of Klopp and the club’s next EFL match against Tottenham could be his next senior opportunity.
The forward moved to Anfield in 2015 from Burnley and earned his only England cap under Roy Hodgson.
Ings will be hopeful of returning to the senior side and helping them challenge for the Premier League title.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s first-team regular has delivered a criticism of Klopp.