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Danny Ings ready for Liverpool call-up

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Danny Ings admits he's patiently waiting for his opportunity at Liverpool and will take the chance with "both hands" when called upon by Brendan Rodgers.

Ings joined the Reds on a free transfer from Burnley this summer and rejected a host of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur to move to Anfield.

Limited Opportunities 

The 23-year-old has had limited chances at Liverpool during the early stages of the new campaign but made an encouraging display when coming on as a substitute during the bitterly disappointing 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United last weekend. 

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A hectic few months are approaching for Liverpool and they begin their Europa League campaign on September 17 away against Bordeaux. They too face a third round Capital One Cup clash at Anfield against Carlisle United and Rodgers will be forced to use the depth of his squad during the busy period.

And Ings - who awaits his first start for the Merseyside outfit - insists he will be prepared both mentally and physically when he's granted an opportunity by his manager. 

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“On a personal level it was great to make my first appearance for the club but at the same time it was a game to forget about,” the former Bournemouth striker told Liverpoolfc.com

“To be fair to the fans they gave me a great ovation even though we were 2-0 down with 10 men, so that was really pleasing.

“I come in every day and work hard. There’s a lot of quality players here who have been brought in for big money, as everyone is aware of.

“I made a huge step coming in from Burnley with all due respect, to Liverpool so for me I knew I had to be a lot more patient than the other strikers that we’ve got here.

“I’m working hard every day to improve so that when I do get my chances I can take them with both hands and enjoy the moment.”

Competition

Liverpool's were distinctly toothless in front of goal last season and tallied just 52 league goals.

After failing to replace Luis Suarez last summer, Rodgers made it is principal aim to add more goals to his team as they push for a top-four finish as well as challenging for silverware.

Along with Ings, Christian Benteke joined for £32.5 million from Aston Villa and has been the favoured striker thus far. 

The Reds also have Divock Origi who joined this summer after spending one final season on loan at Lille. Like Ings, Origi has been out of favour and the Belgian still awaits his debut at Anfield.

Rodgers' persistence playing 4-3-3 means that only one striker is used. Given the stellar reputation that Benteke arrived with, forged by scoring 42 Premier League goals from 89 games, it is no surprise that he has been the given the nod in Liverpool's four opening matches.

Partnership

With Philippe Coutinho suspended for the Reds' next match away at Manchester United on September 12, Rodgers could well opt for a change in tactics.

Some have criticised that Benteke is isolated up front on his own and a strike partner is a must to get the best out of the Belgium international. Ings would be the most likely candidate to join Benteke up front for the clash at Old Trafford and the pair could forge a strong partnership.

Ings netted 11 goals for relegated Burnley last season and during pre-season highlighted he has excellent movement that can create space for his team-mates which Benteke has lacked.

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