John Aldridge has hailed Danny Ings' substitute performance against Norwich City on Saturday and says the 23-year-old reminds him of a "1980's throwback."
Ings netted his first goal for Liverpool against the Canaries just minutes after replacing Christian Benteke at half-time.
The former England Under-21's international has made just one start for the Reds since moving from Burnley on a free transfer this summer but has made a number of impressive substitute appearances.
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Despite having limited game-time at Anfield so far, Aldridge has been impressed by what he has seen of Ings.
"The result might have been frustrating once again, but this time there were definitely positives to be taken from Anfield on Sunday night," the 57-year-old wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
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"And for me the biggest plus was the performance of Danny Ings.
"Liverpool’s goalscorer played like a 1980s throwback, running, chasing, harrying and closing down Norwich defenders throughout. He reminded me of Rushie and myself in the 1980s, refusing to give defenders a minute’s peace.
"He came on at half-time and brought the crowd to life and lifted the players around him, too. And he’s got quality too. His movement was excellent, he took his goal very well and did everything that could have been asked of him.
"When you look at the squad now there is reason for optimism in the coming weeks. We can choose from Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings up front, two of whom weren’t with us last season and one who was injured for most of the campaign."
Banging On The Door
Ings has rapidly become a fan favourite at Liverpool for the relentless attitude and work-rate he's displayed.
Daniel Sturridge stepped onto a football field for the first time in five months against Norwich and his performance mirrored his absence from the game. Sturridge was severely lacking match fitness and match practise and did not have the same zest he is more than capable of.
Ings looked a breath of fresh air coming off the bench and took his goal sublimely. The ex-Bournemouth striker controlled Alberto Moreno's high pass with elegance and smartly finished past John Ruddy.
With Sturridge still searching for full fitness and Benteke coming off with a thigh injury against Norwich, Brendan Rodgers could turn to Ings to start against Aston Villa next weekend.
Liverpool meets Carlisle United at home on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup and Ings could get a well deserved start.
It's likely Rodgers will make changes to his side and the likes of Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Rossiter will all get a chance to impress.
Silverware is one of Rodgers' key aims this season and he will not want to crash and burn in the early stages of the competition. Heavy pressure is already on the Northern Irishman following an underwhelming start to the season and a dismal display against Carlisle would put even more pressure on him.
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