All three points weren’t lost, but the Reds showed a bit of the old bad juju when they threw away a two goal lead in the last ten minutes of Saturday’s game to draw with West Brom 2-2. Danny Ings, Liverpool’s first goalscorer, opened the scoring after only four minutes, slotting one home and breaking his goal scoring drought.
As Liverpool fans will be well aware, Ings has spent significant time on the injury list since arriving in Merseyside, after making a bright start with the team. On Saturday it only took four minutes for him to end 930 days of frustration and dink in a close range shot from Sadio Mané’s cross into the box.
That goal wasn’t enough, nor was his teammate Mohamed Salah’s record-tying 31st later on in the second half, when West Brom clawed back from two goals down to desperately claim a point and barely stay in the fight against relegation.
“[I’m] Disappointed, it’s always about the team. It’s alright scoring goals but overall you want the three points and we didn’t manage to get that today so it’s disappointing,” Ings said after the game.
“I just think they gathered some momentum. It was quite tricky conditions, the pitch was very dry and it suited the long ball. They’ve got some physical players up there, some quality players up there and it really benefitted them. With the crowd [as well] they gathered momentum and managed to get two goals.”
Despite his understandable frustration, Ings still confirms that scoring again meant “a lot.”
“I’ve been working so hard for the last two years for that moment,” he continued. “It’s been a hell of a mountain that I’ve had to climb to get in that position and I’m just glad that I’m around it right now with the lads. I’m getting some game time [and] today’s definitely a positive step for me, but I would’ve preferred the three points, that’s for sure.”
With time winding down on Liverpool’s season, it’s not clear whether the striker will get more opportunities to prove himself, so it’s good for him and for the team that he took advantage when he was given the chance.