John Aldridge airs optimism regarding Liverpool's striking options

Aldridge feels Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge can all make a contribution this season.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has been talking in the Liverpool Echo about one positive aspect for the side at present, despite seeing them suffer another poor result on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City.

One of the brighter talking points from the Reds' display was the performance of Danny Ings, who replaced the injured Christian Benteke at half time and managed to score within three minutes of his introduction. 

That means that three of the four Premier League goals scored by the Reds this season have been netted by strikers brought in over the summer, with Benteke striking twice and Philippe Coutinho's producing a match-winning effort at Stoke City. Though the scoring record overall isn't great, two strikers getting off the mark early on is relatively positive, and Aldridge feels that is one part of the field where Liverpool are reasonably strong. 

He wrote in the Liverpool Echo: "When you look at the squad now there is reason for optimism in the coming weeks. We can choose from Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings up front, two of whom weren’t with us last season and one who was injured for most of the campaign.

"Last season we had four strikers who scored eight league goals between them. With that trio of strikers available to us this time the season will get better as it goes on."

It's interesting that Aldridge hasn't mentioned Divock Origi, though the lack of game time the Belgian has seen so far this season shows that he is more of a rotation option, while the trio mentioned by Aldridge are more than likely to be in the front line. He is likely to be on the fringes of the side, featuring more in cup competitions, though the recent injury to Benteke could mean that he gets more of a run in the Premier League.

Everyone knows the quality of Daniel Sturridge, and if he gets back to full fitness and finds the form of two seasons ago, then the Reds have a major goal threat on their hands. And given that Benteke and Ings have yet to fully settle into life at Anfield, one should expect more to come from them in the weeks and months ahead.

Given the side is struggling for goals so far this season, Sturridge, Benteke and Ings finding some good goalscoring form in the near future would be a welcome sight for Liverpool fans.

Aldridge has said that he saw flashes of Ian Rush in Ings's game. That kind of striker is one Liverpool would very much like to have in their ranks right now. 

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