Danny Ings: West Ham loss will make us better against Manchester United

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Danny Ings insists Liverpool can bounce back from their disappointing home defeat to West Ham United and take all three points against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers' side performed well below par in their 3-0 loss against the Hammers last weekend. Goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho gave the east London outfit their first win at Anfield since 1963.

Liverpool have scooped seven points from their opening four fixtures and sit seventh in the Premier League. 

The Reds are on level points with Manchester United heading into Saturday's match and the result could be pivotal come the end of the season with both sides pushing for a top-four finish. Ings believes the loss against West Ham will add fuel to the already raging fire heading into the United clash.

“I think any game after a loss like that all the lads will be chomping at the bit to play and put things right, and with the quality we’ve got at this club, I’m sure we can do that,” Ings told

“It’s a learning curve. A lot of the other teams at the top end [of the table] lost at the weekend as well but it’s a huge learning curve for us moving forward to make sure we don’t step our foot off the gas.

“At the start of a new season, teams come in fresh and hungry after pre-season and there are sometimes an upset in results. We were part of that unfortunately against West Ham, but we are moving forward and the confidence is still [high] in the camp. A few of the lads are away during the internationals now but I’m sure when they come back they will be hungry.”

Despite the loss against West Ham, Liverpool are on a similar points tally as many expected them to be after four games.

Stoke City is an extremely difficult place to visit, even more so on the first day of the season, and a draw would have been an acceptable result; however, Philippe Coutinho's brilliance five minutes from time ensured the Reds travelled back to Merseyside with all three points.

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The 1-0 win against Bournemouth wasn't the prettiest and lady luck was on Rodgers' side when Coutinho was in an offside position for Christian Benteke's goal.

Most expected Liverpool to be beaten against Arsenal at the Emirates. Little over four months ago the Gunners had thrashed Liverpool 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and Arsene Wenger's stellar attacking line that included Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey were supposed to expose the Reds' unpredictable defence and run out easy winners.

However, a resilient performance from the Merseyside outfit, particularly in the second-half, ensured that the game ended goalless and both sides shared a point.

The West Ham loss did come as a shock; however, they did also beat Arsenal 2-0 away from home on the opening day of the 2015/16 campaign and could have been underestimated. Slaven Bilic deployed tactics that frustrated both teams and let the Irons hit their opponent on the counter-attack.

Manchester United haven't been the most inspiring thus far this term and Liverpool have to head into Saturday's game positively. The Red Devils have struggled for goals having netted just three from four matches with Wayne Rooney yet to hit top gear.

Whereas Old Trafford was previously an intimidating place to visit, it is now a ground that teams travel to with little fear. There is no longer the 'Fergie factor' and Louis van Gaal is yet to make Old Trafford a fortress.

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