Liverpool supporters were delighted to witness the return of Danny Ings on March 6th, with the striker given a rare cameo appearance during the Reds’ goalless draw with Porto. The former Burnley striker has endured a torrid time with injuries since making the move to Anfield and his lively performance offers them an extra option going forward, particularly with the club juggling Premier League and Champions League commitments. His availability provides a huge boost to the club and fans will be hoping he can remain fit for the remainder of the season.
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Ings was denied a dream return to the team by a sensational Iker Casillas save but his 30-minute cameo was enough to give Reds’ fans plenty of encouragement. The popular frontman looked lively throughout and showed terrific movement off-the-ball. The 25-year old also looked a threat in the air and his return to fitness will give Jurgen Klopp food for thought going forward.
Realistically, Ings is unlikely to displace either of Liverpool’s favoured front three, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all delivering top-class performances on a regular basis. The latter was rested against Porto but has enjoyed an exceptional debut season in the Premier League, netting 24 goals in 28 top flight appearances. He has been extremely popular in the anytime goalscorer betting market this season and he rarely lets punters down.
His tremendous form has inspired a number of fans to snap up the 66/1 on offer for the Egyptian to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup. Salah will be representing Egypt, who have been drawn in Group A alongside Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia and have a realistic chance of progressing to the round of 16. The winger was calmness personified when converting the penalty which sent the Pharaohs to their first tournament since 1990. They look to have a chance to progress beyond the group stages and fans who wish to snap up the early value can grab a World Cup 2018 free bet, including Betfair’s up-to-£100 offer, ahead of the tournament getting underway in Moscow on June 14th.
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Liverpool’s progression to the quarter-finals looks set to favour Danny Ings, with the Reds likely to rely on squad rotation as Jurgen Klopp aims to keep his squad fresh during a potentially hectic run of games. The frontman was linked with a plethora of clubs during the January transfer window but he remains at Anfield, suggesting that he’s still got a part to play this campaign. With Daniel Sturridge sent out on loan to West Brom, Ings will give the German boss a terrific backup option and given his prolonged absence, his return could potentially feel like a new signing.
He has played just 110 minutes of first-team football and will need to get more minutes under his belt in order to fully regain match-sharpness. His last goal in a Liverpool shirt came in the Merseyside derby in October 2015 and he’ll be desperate to get off the mark for the season.
Ings’ return to fitness has arrived at just the right time for Jurgen Klopp and fans are also delighted to see him back in action. He will be hoping to stay injury-free and play a significant part in Liverpool’s quest for Champions League glory this season.