Is Ings the answer to Liverpool's and Rodgers' problems?

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Danny Ings may have just played his way into Liverpool's starting XI, leaving Brendan Rodgers with a big decision to make.

All eyes were on the returning Daniel Sturridge before Liverpool's game with Norwich City, but it was Danny Ings who grabbed his chance in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Ings' second half cameo appearance transformed Liverpool's attack after a lacklustre first half, and he managed to bag his first goal for the club since his arrival from Burnley in the summer.

Although Ings' performance could not help Liverpool to a much-needed win againsthe Canaries, it was his display which was the real positive for the under-pressure Brendan Rodgers to take away from the game.

Surely Ings now deserves a run in the starting XI after his second half showing, and could he be the man to help ease the pressure on Rodgers by getting Liverpool's season back on track?

Rodgers started with big summer signing Christian Benteke and Sturridge in attack together for the first time, but the pair struggled to make any inroads against Norwich's well-organised defence.

Ings was handed his chance at the start of the second half, due to a tight hamstring for Benteke, and the England Under-21 international grasped it with both hands.

The skilful attacker took only three minutes after his introduction to break the deadlock with a fine finish and his hard-working attitude helped to galvanise the crowd and his team-mates.

Ings put in a real shift, chasing down lost causes and pressing Norwich from the front, which is where Liverpool enjoyed a lot of success when Luis Suarez was leading the line at Anfield as the Uruguayan never gave defences a breather when he playing in a red shirt.

Rodgers unsuccessfully tried to use Ings on the left wing at Old Trafford last week, but the forward spent most of the game running back towards his own goal.

Ings is best down the centre, and he showed signs of forming a good partnership with Sturridge during their time together on the pitch before the former Manchester City and Chelsea was taken off just past the hour mark.

Is Ings the better partner for Sturridge than Benteke? It is probably a little too early to make any calls on that, but one thing is for sure, and that is that Ings is doing all he can to force his way into Rodgers' starting line-up.

Liverpool's attacking play was far livelier upon Ings' introduction, and the reception he got from the Kop at the end despite Liverpool's failure to win showed they appreciated his efforts and that the player could become a big fans' favourite if given a regular run in the side.

Liverpool face Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before what is now a must-win clash with Aston Villa in the Premier League, and maybe Ings could be the solution to Liverpool's and Rodgers' problems.

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