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Liverpool striker Danny Ings keen to make impact at Anfield

Danny Ings celebrates a goal during Liverpool's recent pre-season friendly match against Adelaide United
Image: Danny Ings celebrates a goal during Liverpool's recent pre-season friendly against Adelaide United

Danny Ings believes his all-action style should help to create space for his new Liverpool team-mates.

The summer signing from Burnley faces stiff competition for a striking role at Anfield this season following the arrival of Christian Benteke, while Daniel Sturridge will be pushing for a starting place once he recovers full fitness following an injury-hit season.

Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert could also stand in Ings' way of a regular spot in the team but the England U21 striker is keen to prove his worth to manager Brendan Rodgers.

"After my knee injury a few years ago, I sort of devoted my whole time to working on my speed, my movement, and my creativity," he said.

"What I've found was really effective, even at Championship level, was making runs constantly in behind. As soon as a defender switches off that run in behind is so effective.

What I've found was really effective was making runs constantly in behind.
Danny Ings

"As long as there's someone stretching the pitch and you've got your creative players behind you in that space – and you've got players at this football club to feed those runs – you can be an effective team.

"With the way the game is going, it's full of creative players now, players who want to be on the ball all the time. But I really do think, even if I don't touch the ball as much as some other guys if I'm still stretching the game it's still as effective.

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"It can all get too crunched and if you don't create space for those players, in behind you, then it's hard to create opportunities. I'll always work on my game and stretching in behind."

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