Brendan Rodgers explains Christian Benteke substitution, praises Danny Ings impact

The Liverpool striker had a hamstring problem.

Liverpool’s stuttering start to the new season continued at home this afternoon as Norwich City claimed a point at Anfield.

The Reds were 1-0 up thanks to a first Liverpool goal for Danny Ings, however they conceded a silly goal from a corner with Simon Mignolet at fault as Russel Martin gave Norwich a share of the spoils.

The only positive to take from the game would have to be the performance of Ings when he came on. The striker, signed from Burnley this summer, looked lively after replacing Christian Benteke at half-time. The Belgian’s substitution came as a surprise, especially as Daniel Sturridge was making his first appearance of the season leading many to think he would come off.

However Rodgers has now confirmed why he took the former Aston Villa man off, he had pulled a hamstring.

He told the official Liverpool website after the game:

“Danny Ings, coming on, was outstanding, his pressing and ability to run in behind was there to see.

“It was going to be important that we got the first goal, which we did with an excellent goal. Then we lost our concentration for a set-piece, which is not so good from our part.”

“His (Benteke’s) hamstring felt a little bit tight so there was no point in risking it. We had fresh players on the side.

“Danny was excellent and gave us a different dynamic in the game. He was brilliant.”

Benteke’s injury does not sound serious and that is obviously good news for Liverpool fans. With Sturridge back, Ings off the mark and Divock Origi to consider the club have a heap of attacking options to work with.

All that is left to be seen is if they are used in the right way by Brendan Rodgers.

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