By Richard Parks
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has drooled over Liverpool striker Danny Ings after he ended his Premier League goalscoring drought at the weekend.
Ings was handed a rare start by manager Jurgen Klopp in the 2-2 draw at West Brom as he made five changes ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma.
The striker responded with the opening goal, his first in the league in 930 days, since netting against Everton for Liverpool in October 2015.
“It was great to see Danny Ings back in a Liverpool shirt and looking so effective,” Crooks wrote, as he named Ings in his BBC Sport team of the week. “Two years he spent recovering from injury and, from the look on his face, putting Liverpool 1-0 up must have felt like winning the lottery.
“Why Jurgen Klopp took off the striker, I don’t know. Ings needs game time and was running Ahmed Hegazi ragged at the time. The West Brom central defender must have been delighted to see Ings substituted. Liverpool’s game started to fall apart the moment the striker left the field.”
Football Insider verdict:
Ings has showed in his rare senior cameos this season that he has the zest, touch and sharpness around the box completely lacking in Dominic Solanke. The younger man has frequently been used as the first centre-forward reserve, usually in matches when Liverpool have already established a convincing lead, but he is yet to open his senior account and has not really looked like doing so. By contrast, Ings’ class and hunger has shone like a beacon, and his strike and performance against West Brom should see him leapfrog Solanke in the pecking order ahead of the double-header against Roma.