John Aldridge has compared Danny Ings to Ian Rush after notching his first Anfield goal – and thinks Liverpool will soon climb the table.
Ings, who joined Liverpool over the summer after his contract at Burnley came to an end, notched his first goal for the club in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich.
And Aldridge – who played with Rush at Anfield in the late 1980s – can see plenty of comparisons between Ings and the legendary Welshman.
Writing in his weekly column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said: Ings played like a 1980s throwback, running, chasing, harrying and closing down Norwich defenders throughout.”He reminded me of Rushie and myself in the 1980s, refusing to give defenders a minute’s peace.
“He showed a wonderful attitude which was both refreshing and infectious. He came on at half-time and brought the crowd to life and lifted the players around him, too. And he’s got quality too.
“His movement was excellent, he took his goal very well and did everything that could have been asked of him.”
Liverpool have taken just eight points from their opening six games and are without a win in their last five in all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Carlisle.
But Aldridge says the Reds now have the firepower to climb the table after the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and the summer signings of Ings and Christian Benteke.
“When you look at the squad now there is reason for optimism in the coming weeks,” he added.
“We can choose from Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings up front, two of whom weren’t with us last season and one who was injured for most of the campaign.
“Last season we had four strikers who scored eight league goals between them. With that trio of strikers available to us this time the season will get better as it goes on.”
What do you think of Aldridge’s comparison? And is he right – will Liverpool soon start climbing the table?