John Aldridge: Danny Ings is a squad player and must score every other game

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The Liverpool icon has had his say on the summer signing.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge feels Danny Ings has only been brought to Anfield as a squad player, according to Kicca.

However, the forward signed from Burnley this summer can change his squad status by scoring regularly, Aldridge argues.

Indeed, the ex-Liverpool man feels Ings can force his way into the first-team equation by scoring for the Reds every other game.

He wrote on Kicca: "Liverpool’s new signing Danny Ings needs to hit the ground running at Anfield. I see him as a squad player so when he is given a chance to play he needs to make sure he makes the most of it.

"However, if he does score and start scoring regularly then he will have a great opportunity to shine at Liverpool. The club has had some brilliant goalscorers over the years like [Ian] Rush and [Robbie] Fowler and he would obviously love to join that group.

"But he needs to be scoring a goal every other game to make his name."

Fair comment?

Should Daniel Sturridge stay fit next season, Aldridge's assessment is a fair one. Ings can play both up front and wide but, in both positions, Liverpool now have a number of options.

Even Divock Origi joining up with the Reds puts pressure on Ings, while the Anfield outfit have been constantly linked with new strikers this summer - one would expect them to at least attempt to land one between now and the new campaign.

Form can guarantee you games, though, (although that is less certain with Brendan Rodgers' puzzling team selection) and the 22-year-old can certainly make an impression at Liverpool with some hard-working performances. The Kop loves nothing more than a player who gives his all.

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