After a busy summer of transfer moves at Liverpool, Danny Ings has found it difficult to break into the first team picture. While his pace and work rate are suited for Jürgen Klopp's frenetic play style, there are simply too many quality strikers in the squad for him to be a regular starter.
However, he has made the most of his time with the u-23 squad, notching six goals in five appearances this season. Three of those strikes came this past weekend in a 3-0 win over Ipswich.
That performance, which saw him play a full 90 minutes, earned the praise of manager Michael Beale.
"It's fantastic for Danny and I was delighted for him to get his hat-trick," Beale said (via the Echo). "His enthusiasm and personality lifts everybody in the squad and he was really sharp."
"He scored a brilliant opening goal and the other two he put the finishing touches to some very good team play."
Defender Mamadou Sakho, who Klopp said will not be back in the first team until regaining full fitness, featured alongside Ings for the young Reds. He also played a full 90 minutes, which indicates that he's close to being ready for first team football from a physical standpoint.