Danny Ings suggests he is happy to be a squad player at Liverpool

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Ings made a summer move from Burnley as a regular starter, but has only made one substitute appearance for the Reds so far this season.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings seems prepared to wait for first-team opportunities after making his competitive debut as a second half substitute during the 3-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday. 

Having been among the first names on the team sheet at Burnley in recent years, he acknowledges that his move to Liverpool represents a significant step up and is prepared to bide his time when it comes to regular games - and as the fixture list piles up following the international break, he is sure to get more opportunities to show what he can do. 

Ings told the official Liverpool website: “I made a huge step coming in from Burnley with all due respect, to Liverpool so for me I knew I had to be a lot more patient than the other strikers that we’ve got here.

“I’m working hard every day to improve so that when I do get my chances I can take them with both hands and enjoy the moment.

“Fingers crossed [I'll make my first start], but that’s always in the manager and his staff’s hands. All I can do is be ready for when I’m called upon."

Christian Benteke has been the man leading the attack for the opening four Premier League games of the Reds' season as Brendan Rodgers seems to have adopted the approach of playing with wide forwards, and with Daniel Sturridge expected to return from injury shortly, Ings could find himself further down the pecking order - meaning that the Europa League and League Cup may be his best stage to show what he can do. 

But Ings may be one of those players that is called upon in certain games when the situation calls for his presence. A man who likes to chase down the ball and run the channels well could be the kind of player for big games if there is a specific role the manager feels one man needs to play.

It will be interesting to see the kind of impact he will make whenever he gets the opportunity to play from the start. 

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