Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Danny Ings remains firmly in his thoughts and is determined to reward his hard work with game time.
The former Burnley striker has had very few opportunities to impress the German coach since his arrival at Anfield, having missed the majority of last season with a serious knee injury.
Having returned to full fitness over the summer, Ings has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Reds this season, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino ahead of him in the pecking order.
Ings’ lack of action this term appeared inevitable and he was linked with a summer move away from Liverpool, only for the Merseysiders to reportedly turn away interested clubs.
Klopp says he wants to give Ings more games and is steadfast in his belief that he will get his chance to shine, potentially starting with Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie against Derby.
“Danny is working hard and good, but the situation is like it is, we have a lot of strikers,” Klopp said.
“He is close… what can I say? He is a wonderful boy. It is not the easiest thing when a player works really hard and then he is not involved, so of course you want to give the player something back.
“It is not always possible, but as soon as it is possible, I will pay him back [for his good attitude].”