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With Philippe Coutinho unavailable, question marks surround Liverpool's attacking options as they head to Old Trafford tonight. After a lively performance against West Ham, Rodgers suggested that Danny Ings may have just earned himself a spot on the pitch.

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Liverpool faithful did not have a great deal to be happy about after the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to West Ham before the international break. However, Danny Ings was one of the few bright players in an otherwise second-rate, uninspired afternoon.

Boss Brendan Rodgers noticed as much, and spoke highly of the former Burnley striker in his pre-match press conference:

"Danny scored there last year, and he's been a real bright spark since he came in.

"He knows he's going to need time for him to come in and adapt to the club.

"But I would have no qualms if I wanted to play him to pick him in the team, because he's a threat to the goal, he presses really well, he works hard and in and around the 18-yard box he has got the quality to score a goal.

"So I would have no hesitation of playing him if I felt that he could come into the team."

From the comments, it sounds like Rodgers is planning on bringing Ings in as a second half substitute again. Although Ings' inclusion last time out was definitely the correct move to make, there's only so much a striker can do when trying to claw back from an early multi-goal deficit.

Rodgers also noted that Ings scored last year at Old Trafford with Burnley, albeit in a 3-1 defeat.

Hopefully this time around, Ings (assuming he plays) will be coming on to secure points, and not to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship.