Aldridge backs Danny Ings to start for Liverpool against Manchester United

The former Liverpool star has also questioned why the side aren't playing to Christian Benteke's strengths.

Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, John Aldridge believes Danny Ings should start for Liverpool against Manchester United after the international break.

The striker, signed from Burnley at the end of his contract over the summer, has so far been limited to substitute appearances this season, with fellow summer signing Christian Benteke being preferred up front.

The Reds have been short on goals, though, failing to score in their last two games against Arsenal and West Ham United, with Benteke playing a lonely role on his own up front.

Ings was a lively substitute in the loss to West Ham, and Aldridge says that performance should earn him a start when they take on Manchester United  at Old Trafford.

“The one bright spot was Danny Ings when he came on. I thought he did really well,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“He looked very lively, like he could make things happen, and I think the lad can do well for us. He might be the perfect man to play alongside Benteke against United. With Coutinho suspended, there's a space that needs filling, and Ings should be the one to come in the replace him. He's a good player.”

Not playing to Benteke's strengths

The former Anfield star has also questioned the Reds' failure to play to Benteke’s strengths in the loss to the Hammers.

There have been many questioning why Liverpool signed the big Belgian from Aston Villa, given that they employ a style of play that is entirely different to the one which has made him such a success in the Premier League so far.

With Liverpool favouring more of a ball-retention philosophy than Villa, some have anticipated that he will struggle at Anfield, and Aldridge believes they must start playing to his strengths, namely his power in the air.

“The one thing from an attacking point of view that concerned me was not playing to Christian Benteke's strengths,” he added.

“The wide players were hardly getting the ball and putting it into the box to give him service. When they did, there was nobody else in the box to feed off Benteke. When teams sit back, you have to get the ball around Benteke.”

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