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Watch: Danny Ings scores impressive hat-trick in Liverpool u23 game

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While Jurgen Klopp is celebrating a job well done one year into his time at Liverpool, the same can't quite be said for Danny Ings.

Partly due to injury and then competition for places, the former Burley striker has been a peripheral figure in Liverpool's recent resurgence and has made just one appearance so far this season - in the EFL Cup against Derby County as a second half substitute.

But, while the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane continue to show off their attacking ability in the first team, Ings has given a timely reminder to Klopp of exactly what he has to offer. That's after the 24-year-old bagged an impressive hat-trick for Liverpool's under 23 side last night.  Scroll down to see all three goals.

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Ings was in the Anfield club's line-up as they took on Ipswich Town's u23 side on Tuesday evening and he showed his class against the Championship's second string.


The first goal came after a quick break from the Liverpool side saw the ball fed into Ings with his back to goal inside the penalty area. All it took, though, was one quick touch out of his feet and the ball was in the back of the net with his second.

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Goal number two was another example of Ings' predatory instincts. Having flicked on a header from a long throw, the striker didn't stand back and watch. Instead, he made a darting run behind Ovie Ejaria before toe-poking the pass from his teammate past Ipswich's goalkeeper.

The final goal to cap off an impressive night - and send a message to Klopp in the process - came in the form of a calmly taken first time finish into the side netting after another quick Liverpool attack.

Ings suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his first training session under the gaze of Klopp back in October 2015 and subsequently missed all but the final game of Liverpool's remaining 2015/16 fixtures.

As a result, he has struggled for opportunities under the German as other forwards have taken theirs.


However, with his stylish hat-trick vs Ipswich last night taking his tally at under 23 level to seven goals this season, it looks like the ex-Burnley star remains sharp as he bides his time.

Whether the goals will see Ings given more opportunity in the Premier League remains to be seen. More likely is that he is given a starting role when Liverpool next play in the EFL Cup, against Spurs on October 25.

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