Brendan Rodgers impressed by Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings

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Brendan Rodgers admits he was impressed by the strike partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings against Aston Villa and believes the pair are 'a real threat'.

Sturridge and Ings helped the Reds win their first Premier League in five matches in Saturday's 3-2 victory against Villa at Anfield and lift Liverpool into the top half on the table.

Sturridge was on target twice in the 3-2 victory and scored his first goal for Liverpool in over six months after returning from injury earlier this month.


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Ings failed to make it a hat-trick of games he scored in consecutively, but his selfless performance and high work-rate gained a significant amount of praise from many supporters.

Rodgers too was pleased with what he witnessed against Villa and feels the two Englishman have the ability to build on their positive rapport.

Rodgers impressed 

"I thought the combination was very good,” the Northern Irishman said.

“In particular, those two up front were a real threat.

“We obviously scored three goals but maybe could have had a few more. Danny Ings has been outstanding, he gives us great intensity and pressure in the game but he’s also got quality.

“I’ve always felt, and one of the reasons we brought him here, that 25 yards out from goal he looks like he can score. Because he can manipulate the ball himself and shoot, or you saw some of his touches to play Daniel in.

“Daniel has shown and proven the qualities he has. If we can keep him fit – he still has a way to go but is working towards a great level of fitness – then there’s a really good combination there.”

Ings Surprise

Ings signed for Liverpool this summer on a free transfer from Burnley after rejecting a new deal with the Lancashire outfit.

With Christian Benteke also joining the Reds for a hefty price tag of £32.5 million and Divock Origi arriving on Merseyside following his final year on loan at Lille, many predicted that Ings would be fourth choice striker in Rodgers' side.

The 22-year-old prospered during Liverpool's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia; however, he had limited chances at Anfield and had to wait until August 29 to make his debut.

Ings came off the bench during Liverpool's 3-0 home defeat against West Ham United. Whereas many of his team-mates flattered to deceive against the Hammers and performed well below expected, Ings and offered a new lease of life. He was full of life and played with passion and supporters were pleased with what they seen.

The ex-Bournemouth man has continued to flourish and has forced Rodgers to give something about when picking his team. He did, however, endure a tricky night as the Reds were held by FC Sion on home soil last night. 

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