Why this forgotten Liverpool man should start above two rivals against Tottenham
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Danny Ings should start for Liverpool in the EFL Cup against Tottenham this evening, ahead of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
The 24 year-old has not featured for the Reds in the Premier League since May when he made an appearance against West Brom after picking up a serious ACL injury almost eight months before.
Since Jurgen Klopp took over, Ings has made just two first team appearances, making his 2016-17 bow as a substitute against Derby in the earlier round of the cup competition.
Ings was prolific for Burnley in his final season at Turf Moor, scoring 11 league goals during his first campaign in the English top flight.
He joined Liverpool in 2015 and made a bright start to his Anfield career under Brendan Rodgers but has had to wait patiently for more opportunities under Klopp.
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The German manager is an open admirer of Ings and he made him captain in a number of pre-season clashes, while praising his hard-work prior to his expected inclusion in tonight’s game.
Ings should start ahead of striker rivals Sturridge and Origi because of his work ethic. Klopp has adopted a high-pressing, intense style at Liverpool and Ings would fit the bill perfectly.
Origi has made seven substitute league appearances so far this season but has failed to make much impact as he struggles to regain full fitness.
Sturridge has been overlooked for much of the campaign, with Roberto Firmino knocking the number 15 off his perch and it seems Klopp has little room for the striker in his future plans.
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