Danny Ings could be handed his first game for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp against West Brom.
The striker ruptured his cruciate ligaments in Klopp's first training session back in October. Prior to that, the 23-year-old had experienced an electric start to his Liverpool career, scoring twice in the Premier League and even earning his first England cap.
With an industrious style, it has been widely claimed that the German manager would find a prominent place for Ings in his line-up but until now there has been no substance to that theory.
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Now Klopp has confirmed his intention to use Ings, at least in the immediate future. He suggested the former Burnley star could be involved in the club's final game of the season against the Baggies. However, he is yet to decide whether the diminutive attacker is ready.
“There are three players who might come back,” said the Liverpool manager. “I haven’t made final decisions. We will see about Danny Ings and if he’s ready for West Brom.
“With Divock [Origi] and Hendo [Jordan Henderson], they are both in a good way. Hendo has done a bit more training. We will see what happens over the coming days. In the end, it’s not my decision, I have to take what I get. They are pretty close. If the final was one week later now we’d be talking but it will be close. I’m not sure, we have to wait.”
With very little at stake in the game against Tony Pulis' men, Klopp is expected to rotate his squad ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final. Liverpool must travel to Switzerland soon after their game at the Hawthorns to prepare for a much more important game against Sevilla and the former Borussia Dortmund manager will no doubt be keen to avoid any injuries.
But Klopp says there is still plenty to play for in the Premier League and has made it clear that whatever starting XI he picks will still be capable of coming home with three points.
“It’s very important because we can still move up two positions in the table,” he added. “It’s not in our hands but the only way to climb the table is to win the game at West Brom. It’s my job to find a line up to try to win at West Brom. In this moment, Sunday afternoon is the most important game in the world because it is the only thing we have to do.”
Another player likely to get an extended run out in Liverpool's Premier League finale is youngster Sergi Canos, who recently returned from a season-long loan spell at Brentford. Having suitably impressed at the Championship club, Klopp hinted that the 19-year-old will go straight into the lineup.
“Sergi will be training tomorrow because he is back with us,” said Klopp.
“He knows more about English football and it's possible he's available for Sunday. That's unbelievable and great.
“We will see how he feels. He did really good at Brentford and had a lot of time to play. For him it was really good. The Championship is a really strong league and he did well.”
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