How Danny Ings may have unwittingly invited pressure on himself at Liverpool while trying to relieve it

Ings has selected the number 28 shirt, which is associated with one club legend.

Liverpool's latest new striker, Danny Ings, has confirmed that he has taken the number 28 shirt for the Reds ahead of the new season, indicating that he didn't want to take one of the lower numbers that are synonymous with the club's legends because he knew the pressure and expectation on his shoulders would be great.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, and other sources, as saying: “You have got to take that pressure off yourself as a young lad coming through. That is what I personally think.

“I would make sure I am established before taking any of those numbers.

“It is such a huge club. That was the thinking behind it.

“I wouldn’t want to go to Liverpool and chuck a shirt on my back like that - it is pressure you don’t need. The expectation at clubs like that is huge.

“Obviously I am going to work my socks off to earn that number one day. For now I will take a high number and work hard.”

It is a former number of Steven Gerrard when he first broke into the first team - though he was swiftly moved on to number 17 and then the iconic number 8 shirt.

One can understand why Ings has kept himself away from the more iconic squad numbers at the club - he recognises he has much work to do to win the hearts of fans following his arrival from Burnley.

Squad numbers mean something to some fans and not a lot to others, as long as they do the business on the field, no-one will be particularly bothered at the end of the day.

This could, of course, be regarded as a little trivial. But it does show an element of the workmanlike character that Ings seems to bring to Anfield. As well as his 11 goals for Burnley last season, he was a tireless worker and pressed high up the pitch, and he is prepared to play a role for the collective cause even if he isn't expected to be a starter every week.

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