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Klopp urges Liverpool 23-year-old to take it easy after special day

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that striker Danny Ings should not put too much pressure on himself, despite his goal in the 1-0 friendly victory over Tranmere Rovers on Friday.

Ings was sidelined for the majority of last season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and returned on the final day of the season against West Brom.

Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “I can imagine it’s a special day today for him, but after the last year he should not put too much pressure on himself.

“He needs to get fit after the long, long-term injury he had. We are on this way and we’ll work together with him.”

His manager also insisted he was delighted to see the 23-year-old to grab a goal but that there was still a long way to go in this pre-season.

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Ings joined Liverpool on a free transfer after his contract expired with Burnley in 2015 and will be hoping he can return to full fitness in time for the new campaign.

He will face serious competition for a starting place in Liverpool’s side, with forwards Daniel Sturbridge, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino in contention. Klopp has also added Sadio Mane from Southampton in a £34million deal and he can be deployed as a striker.

Following Ings’ involvement last night many fans took to Twitter to express their delight at his return.

The forward will be looking to emulate the form he showed during 2015, when he was rewarded with an international call-up and he picked up his senior debut for England against Lithuania.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has shared how they will develop a brilliant new generation of young stars.