Liverpool’s Danny Ings keen to make mark on Merseyside derby

“I have played in derby games before but I don’t think anything as special as this one”, he said.

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“Burnley-Blackburn was quite fierce”.

Ings was instrumental in Burnley winning promotion in 2013/14 and scored 11 goals in the Clarets’ top flight season to earn a move to Liverpool in the summer.

But it is not just his goalscoring which has already endeared him to fans but his all-action, no-nonsense approach to every minute he plays. He was bought as back-up but with an injury to Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge still working his way back up to full fitness, Ings has been used regularly over the past few weeks.

Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Danny Ings has been Liverpool’s best player so far this season.

Before he can turn his attention to a potential first taste of senior worldwide football though, Ings and Liverpool must address the small matter of an eagerly anticipated Merseyside derby away to Everton on Sunday.

“It is all about the day”, he said.

He’ll link up with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and co; aswell as club mates James Milner, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, as the Three Lions prepare for their final two European Qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.

“These are great occasions, occasions that players like me fight for throughout my career, so it is extremely exciting for everyone involved”.

“We did a lot of work with him on and off the pitch, with his character, how he is as a person, how he deals with everything, and also work on the pitch, the tactical side, his technical game, and particularly how he’s operating”. They’ve quickly taken to their new striker on L4, with his hard-workrate and cool finishing lending comparisons to former player Dirk Kuyt. “I never put pressure on players to get goals but he is a natural finisher and he wants to get goals”, he added.

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Jamie Carragher suggests Danny Ings has been Liverpool's best player this season