Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the attitude of striker Danny Ings, who is attempting to break into the first team after a long-term injury.
The former Burnley man spent virtually the whole of last season on the sidelines with a serious knee injury and has struggled for game time as Liverpool’s attacking options abound.
The boss is pleased with the 24-year-old’s attitude and work ethic, though, and confirmed Ings would start in the EFL Cup against Tottenham on Tuesday evening.
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“It is really good,” Klopp said. “If I could be a little bit less sensitive I could say that’s his job to do, but I am sensitive and so I know it is not easy but he takes the situation in a perfect way – but that is all for him.
“He had a long-term injury, he is not injured anymore and he is fit, everything is good, he plays in the under-23s – that’s all for his career and everything is good. How he is doing with this attitude, everything will be good at the end.”
Klopp conceded that with all Liverpool’s attacking options, it is hard to find a place for Ings in the team.
“In this moment, the situation is not too easy; we have Roberto, Daniel and Divock, so there is not a lot of space for the few minutes you could give,” he explained.
“You have to build a squad for different things to do and not a third or fourth striker on the bench. That makes not too much sense, but he uses the game time.
“What I can say is he will be involved in the squad for tomorrow 100 per cent and all the rest, we have to see.”