BY GODWIN AIKIGBE—
Danny Ings cannot wait to make his Liverpool debut, which could happen on Monday when the Reds host Bournemouth in their second game of the new season at Anfield.
The England striker, who arrived at the club this from Burnley, was on throes of realising his dream in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Stake City but Philippe Coutinho’s stunning winner forced him to wait just a little longer.
“I was just itching to get on,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I kept looking at the clock to see how much time I had to make an impression.
“I had to stand up, go through set-pieces and then I saw everybody ripple. A player like that can pull something out of the bag, win the game and collect the points.
“That goal was superb – it’s credit to him, he’s such a fantastic footballer. Obviously I was over the moon with the result and hopefully my debut will come soon.
“It’s always important that even if you’re on the bench or not starting games, you’re always ready to be called upon. When I got the signal that I was coming on, I was really excited.
“It wasn’t to be but I’ll always make sure that I’m ready and willing to work hard for the team.
“I don’t think there’ll be many teams that will go there and win the game.
“It’s such a tough place to play, they make it very difficult and it took us a while to break them down. It’s probably going to be even tougher for other teams who haven’t got Coutinho in their team!
“It was a fantastic result and one that we needed after what happened to the lads at the end of last season, and for the fans as well, to put that right going forward. That’s behind us now and we can concentrate on the next game.
“I come in every day with a smile on my face because I know I’m working with good people and fantastic players. I’m over the moon that I’ve settled in quickly.
“The only thing that I do concentrate on is improving every day as a player and as a person. I try my best not to leave the training pitch without knowing that I’ve improved some part of my game, whether it’s speed, tactical or technical.
“It’s important that I work hard every day to become the best I can be for myself and for Liverpool.”