By Dominic Toner
Danny Ings scored after just three minutes for Liverpool as he played in the Under-23s match against Leicester – and the club’s supporters are desperate for him to be recalled to the first team.
Liverpool won the match 4-0 and the forward picked up a solitary goal as he got 90 minutes under his belt.
Ings, 24, has fallen down the club’s attacking pecking order and has been restricted to under-23 appearances this season after missing most of his debut campaign with a knee injury.
Liverpool fans rallied on Twitter to support Ings and firmly believe that Jurgen Klopp should give him more first-team opportunities.
Here are a selection of the messages:
— Steve Blake (@LFC_Blakey) September 11, 2016
— George Kay (@GeoScouse) September 11, 2016
Danny Ings scoring for #LFCU23s , he is working hard for that spot in the first team but we aren't even using Origi… Plenty of rotation
— Flint? (@Meirxles) September 11, 2016
Nice to know @IngsDanny is getting good game time for the U23, and more good showing from Ben Woodburn as per usual. Needs mainteam gametime
— Seth Gordon (@SethisChosen) September 11, 2016
I feel sorry for Danny Ings, good player, left to rot in the reserves.
— Amr. (@ap19_) September 11, 2016
I think Origi would start in the Cup games. But would Klopp rather play youngsters like Woodburn or Danny Ings as the other option? #LFC
— Arjun (@ajvlfc) September 11, 2016
Feel a bit sorry for Ings playing for the U23s he's better than that should have let him go out on loan if he needed game time IMO
— Dan (@DanWeston87) September 11, 2016
Danny Ings shouldn't be playing reserve team footy surely
— Conor Preece (@conorpreece93) September 11, 2016
Klopp currently has several senior players all vying for an attacking position, with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino being used throughout the start of the season ahead of Divock Origi and Ings.
The English forward has yet to be named in any of Liverpool’s match day squads in the Premier League this season and was an unused substitute in the EFL cup win over Burton, as he is slowly eased back into top-level action.
Ings sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury ahead of Klopp’s appointment in October, ruling him out for the rest of the 2015-16 campaign.
He has only made nine senior appearances for the first-team and scored three goals. Prior to his move to Anfield he impressed at his former club Burnley by scoring 43 goals in 130 appearances.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to Adam Lallana’s display against Leicester.