COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Brooks Lennon has been handed the perfect opportunity to shine after Danny Ings’ season-ending injury has opened up a door in the Under-23s squad.

The young American has had to bide his time in the Liverpool reserve squad, given the attacking prowess of Ings who was on the fringes of the first team.

Lennon joined the Reds from Real Salt Lake City in 2015 but has only featured as a bit-part player in Michael Beale’s squad.

The youngster trained with Liverpool’s academy on a number of occasions from 2013 as the club had to wait patiently to confirm his work permit.

Lennon continued to play for the academy team in Arizona and notched up 31 goals throughout the 2014-15 campaign before finally moving to Merseyside that summer.

The American is a pacey forward who likes to play off the shoulder of the opposition defence and can offer a variety of options for Liverpool’s young midfield.

Like Ings, Lennon is a known goal-scorer and he took his chance, scoring against Porto during the Under-23’s 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening.

He was originally used as a winger when he first joined over a year ago but Liverpool have now started to use him in the number nine role and in Ings’ absence he’s likely to be the one expected to fill his shoes.

In other Liverpool news, Divock Origi has sent this heartfelt message to Ings following the news of his long-term injury.