Danny Ings will have to step up at Liverpool, says Michael Owen

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The former forward says it's a whole new ball game playing for a big club like Liverpool.

Danny Ings will have to step up if he wants to succeed at Liverpool, Michael Owen has told ESPN.

Ings is set to join the Reds from Burnley, with his contract coming to an end, although a compensation agreement is yet to be agreed with his current employers Burnley.

The forward scored 11 goals for the Clarets last season, an impressive tally in a team that was fighting at the bottom of the Premier League, and is a highly regarded talent - with the 22-year-old set to represent England at the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

Owen, though, has warned Ings that he will have to step up his game to deal with the pressures of playing for a top club when he links up with his new colleagues at Anfield for pre-season training.

"It's a whole new ball game when you go to a club like Liverpool," he said.

“Any weaknesses that you have in your game will be exposed at a top club. It's true if you are good enough, but if you are not good enough then you get exposed really quickly and it's not pleasant.”

Aside from having to step up his game to deal with the added pressure, there will also be the expectation from the Liverpool fan base to deal with.

With Ings having done well in the scoring charts last season, while the Reds’ forward line struggled, there will be high hopes that the youngster can come in and score the goals that Brendan Rodgers’ side so desperately need.

Owen, though, has said it will take more than just nicking the odd goal for him to impress the Anfield faithful.

"He will have to make that step up into a team where things are expected of you, not just nicking a goal every so often and you make the headlines,” he added.

"This is, if you play poorly once, you get plenty of criticism, so it's a different challenge he has taken on. If you are not good enough then you get exposed really quickly and it's not pleasant.”

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