By Dominic Toner

Danny Ings will remain at Liverpool for this season, according to a reliable journalist.

James Pearce, who is the Merseyside correspondent for the Liverpool Echo, revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday night that Ings will stay at Anfield and is a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

Ings, 24, appears to be some way down the pecking order in Liverpool’s list of attacking options.

The Mail report that Liverpool turned down an enquiry from Sunderland for their striker and refused to negotiate any kind of business, whether it was a loan deal or  a permanent move.

Klopp has opted to use Roberto Firmino as the frontline striker at the start of the season, with senior striker duo Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi the first-choice substitutes, which has left Ings frozen out.

But Pearce states that Ings has been assured that he will play a crucial role this season.

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 eased back from a long-term injury.

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.

The versatile forward can play as an out-and-out striker, in a deeper no. 10 role or out on the left hand side of a front three.

Ings has managed three goals in the nine games since his arrival at Anfield but has bagged 54 career goals in 168 appearances.

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