Aldridge on why Liverpool should start Ings against Manchester United

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The former Kopite believes the forward could be used to get the best out of Christian Benteke.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, John Aldridge has reiterated his desire to see Liverpool start Danny Ings against Manchester United.

The forward joined the club from Burnley this summer, but has so far been limited to a number of substitute appearances for the side. 

He enjoyed an impressive season with the Clarets last year, scoring 11 Premier League goals, including one in a 3-1 loss at Old Trafford. Aldridge, though, says the player’s hunger, work ethic and goal scoring touch should see him handed his first start for the club alongside Benteke.

“I would, as I said last week, start Danny Ings for the game,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Desire, heart and bravery are going to be as important as any technical attribute here. Make no mistake; this lad will not leave anything on that pitch if he is selected. He’s hungry, absolutely gagging for his chance to shine.”

Ings could be beneficial for Benteke

The former Anfield star also believes that introducing Ings to the line up could be beneficial for striker Christian Benteke.

The Belgian is yet to hit top form after moving from Aston Villa in the summer, with just one goal against Bournemouth to his name - and even that should not have stood.

He has looked isolated at times, with Liverpool failing to provide him with support or play to his strengths, namely those in the air. With Philippe Coutinho suspended, though, Aldridge feels now could be the time to go with Ings as his partner.

“He [Ings] did well against West Ham, and I think he could bring Christian Benteke to life if he starts up alongside him,” he added.

“He’s got the movement, the work ethic and the goal scoring touch. He netted there for Burnley last season, and had a great game. I reckon the fans in that away end would love to see him closing down defenders, running the channels, working his heart out.”

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