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Danny Ings believes he can thrive at Liverpool

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Danny Ings insists that his movement can bring an extra dimension to Liverpool's attack when going forward.

The ex-Burnley striker signed for the Reds on a free transfer on July 1 after rejecting a new contract with the Clarets. The 23-year-old snubbed a move to both Tottenham Hotspur and Real Sociedad to move to Anfield.

The England Under 21s international has settled down well at Liverpool and impressed during their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia. He netted his first goal for the club during the 2-0 victory against Adelaide United when he thrust away from his marker into space and slotted past the goalkeeper.

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Ings scored 11 Premier League goals for relegated Burnley last season and many of those goals came from his expert movement in the final third of the pitch.

And the Winchester native believes his attributes can aid the playmakers in Brendan Rodgers' side.

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"After my knee injury [in 2012] I sort of devoted my whole time to working on my speed, my movement, and my creativity," Ings told LFC TV.

"What I've found was really effective, even at Championship level, was making runs constantly in behind.

"As soon as a defender switches off that run in behind is so effective.

"As long as there's someone stretching the pitch and you've got your creative players behind you in that space - and you've got players at this football club to feed those runs - you can be an effective team.

"I'll always work on my game and stretching in behind."

Rodgers' fast, counter-attacking system, relies largely on movement to be fully effective and Ings' arrival will excite the Northern Irishman.

Last campaign, Liverpool were distinctly toothless in front of goal and, as a result, managed just 52 Premier League goals. Mario Balotelli lead the front-line in the early stages of the season, though his movement mirrored that of a statue and frustrated Kopites when he slowed play down.

Philippe Coutinho struggled to build a positive rapport with former Manchester City striker, though the Brazilian soon thrived when Raheem Sterling took over as a number nine.

Ings' movement will excite Coutinho, who relishes the chance to glide past defenders and play inch-perfect passes to strikers running onto them. Adam Lallana will too appreciate Ings ahead of him as the former Southampton midfielder looks to really kick-start his Anfield career this season. 

Despite Ings impressing in pre-season, his place is far from guaranteed in Rodgers' side given the stock of strikers at Anfield.

Christian Benteke completed his £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last week and he will likely be Rodgers' main man upfront this season given the sheer amount he cost. He arrives with a stellar reputation, forged by scoring 42 goals in 89 league games at Villa Park.

Liverpool also have Divock Origi, who met up with his new side after completing a £10 million move from Lille last summer but stayed at the French team on loan for one final season.

Daniel Sturridge is set to be side-lined until at least October, though it's likely that he'll regain a starting place given his goalscoring record at Anfield. 

As for Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini, both of whom have added little since their arrivals, seem set to leave the club this summer alongside Balotelli. 

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