Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Danny Ings will play a part when Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday (25 October). The striker has struggled to get into the first-team after returning from a long absence owing to injury and has been restricted to regular appearances for the Reds U23 side.
The England U21 international has made just one appearance so far this campaign; it came during Liverpool's win over Derby County in the third round of the League Cup. He has continued his good form with the reserve side since then, which has earned him a call-up to the senior squad for the clash against the north London club.
Klopp is delighted with the striker's progress and believes his attitude in training will see him realise his true potential eventually. However, the German coach made it clear that Ings will struggle to get into the matchday squad on a regular basis this season, owing to Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi being ahead of him in the pecking order for the central striker's role.
"It is really good. If I could be a little bit less sensitive I could say that's his job to do, but I am sensitive and so I know it is not easy but he takes the situation in a perfect way – but that is all for him," Klopp said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.
"He had a long-term injury, he is not injured anymore and he is fit. Everything is good, he plays in the U23s – that's all for his career and everything is good. How he is doing with this attitude, everything will be good at the end.
"In this moment, the situation is not too easy; we have Roberto, Daniel and Divock, so there is not a lot of space for the few minutes you could give. You have to build a squad for different things to do and not a third a fourth striker on the bench. That makes not too much sense, but he uses the game time," the German coach explained with regards to his chances of making the matchday squad on a regular basis.
"What I can say is he will be involved in the squad for tomorrow 100 per cent, and all the rest, we have to see."