The forward's work rate is important to Liverpool in more ways than one, with Daniel Sturridge the biggest benefactor.
The striker signed from Burnley on a free transfer this summer, and has made a decent start to his career at Anfield as well, with goals in the draw with Norwich and one in the Capital One cup against Carlisle.
He had been praised for the effort he puts into the game, with his constant chasing down and running having won him the love of the Liverpool fans already.
And Skrtel says that immense work-rate is replicated every day on the training pitch as well, but he knew what they were getting having faced him last season.
“The amount of work he puts in every day is huge and I’m hoping he can score lots of goals this season,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Facing him was tough. I remember how he never stopped running and moving. If you switched off for even a second he was gone and he’s been the same in training here. I’m glad he’s with us now.”
Why Ings work rate is important to Liverpool
Ings’ work rate is certainly commendable, but that role is something that this Liverpool side is in need of.
Although Luis Suarez’s skill was undeniable and it was arguably that which pushed the side so close to the title, his enormous work rate was also a big factor in Liverpool’s success.
That is because it primarily allowed the likes of Daniel Sturridge to focus more on attacking; something with helped his goal tally no end.
If Ings can play that role this season, albeit without the world-class quality of Suarez, Liverpool could start firing once again. The display against Aston Villa on Sunday suggests the potential is there.