Danny Ings will play a vital role for Liverpool in the opening months of the season with Daniel Sturridge out injured, according to Reds legend Ian Rush.

Ings has arrived from Burnley in one of three additions made by the Merseyside club so far this summer, with a tribunal set to rule over the fee for the England Under-21 international that could be above the current record of £6.5m.

James Milner has joined from Manchester City while Adam Bogdan has been signed from Bolton Wanderers, both players arriving on free transfers.

After several transfer windows where Liverpool have spent significantly, the frugal start to the summer has seen the club make subtle additions to their squad ahead of the new season.

And Rush has been impressed by the shrewd signings made by his former club. He believes Ings has a key role to play in the early weeks of the campaign, with Sturridge already ruled out for the start of the term.

"I think Milner is a great signing. I don't think I've ever seen him have a bad game," he told Talksport.

"What I like about Ings is his understanding inside the box. His movement is very good. He has quality with both feet and I think he's got more in his locker.

"With Daniel not being available until September or October, we should forget about him at the moment and concentrate on what we've got.

"I think Ings will have a major part to play when [Liverpool] have pre-season games. I think he will be given a chance because he's a quality player."