Danny Ings has to play against Manchester United

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Liverpool head into their biggest away game of the season, against fierce rivals Manchester United, with a selection dilemma on their hands.

Daniel Sturridge remains injured, Phillippe Coutinho is suspended, and it looks like skipper Jordan Henderson and £25 million man Adam Lallana will both also miss out.

With Cristian Benteke struggling to make the instant impression that Brendan Rodgers and hoards of Reds' fans across the world would have hoped for, could it be time for the manager to turn to fellow summer signing Danny Ings?


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Ings' minutes on this pitch so far this season have been limited, with Rodgers instead opting to stick with just one upfront in the form of the giant Benteke.

This has meant that the support players - such as Coutinho, Jordon Ibe and Roberto Firmino - have had to deal mainly on Benteke's knockdowns from long balls. Hardly the Liverpool way.

This simply hasn't proved fruitful for Liverpool so far, with just two goals scored at this point. The support players, due to their positioning on the pitch, have had to deal with Benteke heading the ball sideways or backwards.

What Rodgers could change for Saturday's massive game is the introduction of Ings, playing alongside the Belgian striker.

This will allow Benteke to focus on nodding any long balls forward rather than trying to find a man.

Ings, who possess speed and guile, will be able to move into the channels in which Benteke will look to head the balls into. This could cause problems for United's central defensive pairing, with Daley Blind's apparent lack of pace an area that Liverpool will look to expose. 


While this may be considered a gamble from Rodgers, something has to change. Ings will be itching to get some time on the pitch, and his performance for Burnley at Old Trafford last season, in which he scored a stooping header, will surely come into the Liverpool manager's thinking.

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