With Liverpool enduring another rough start, there hasn't been an awful lot for Liverpool fans to get excited about on the pitch. Particularly when it comes to the attack, where before Saturday's match against Aston Villa had scored no more than one goal in a game with a total of just six in eight to start the season.
One bright spot, though, has been Danny Ings. He may not be the first name on the teamsheet, but whenever he's been given the chance he has looked lively and dangerous, a constant threat and perhaps the only striker at the club comfortable feeding off scraps for a side that hasn't created many chances for more than a year now.
The reason for that has been clear: workrate. He's hit the ground running hard for his new club, and it's hardly surprising many fans have quickly taken to him for it, seeing in his determined play something of a new Dirk Kuyt for a club that's been screaming out for grafting, hard-working attacker ever since the Dutchman left.
"He didn't score [against us last year], but facing him was tough, really tough," said defender Martin Skrtel of his new teammate who never stops running when he's on the pitch. "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."
After scoring two goals in Liverpool's last three games, he could be in line to get the night off against FC Sion on Thursday with an eye to the derby match against Everton on the weekend. Few would be surprised to see him given the start, though—and to see him running hard from first whistle to last once again.
"The amount of work he puts in every day is huge," added Skrtel. "I'm hoping he can score lots of goals this season."