Ings determined to fight for Reds boss Rodgers

Date published: Friday 25th September 2015 9:29

Danny Ings claims Brendan Rodgers has not changed since the day he arrived and says he is desperate to turn things around for the Liverpool boss.

Ings admits the Reds are “going through a sticky patch” after picking up just two Premier League wins so far and only edging past League Two side Carlisle in the League Cup on penalties in midweek.

Rodgers has come under increasing pressure with reports suggesting Liverpool are looking for managerial alternatives with Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp named as potential replacements.

Ings is though determined to fight through the lean spell and admits Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Anfield is “huge”.

“The manager has been exactly the same from when I first came in,” Ings told the Liverpool Echo.

“We’ve gone through a sticky patch as a team but it is just important for us now to start winning games and go on a run for him.

“As players you just approach every game the same as before all this. It is about us as a team winning games, and that is all we can do for the manager.

“It is important that we get wins under our belt for him and for us so we can move forward.

“All you need to look at is the chances we are creating. You can just sense there is a big result around the corner.

“I can certainly feel it playing in the side and I am sure the lads feel the same as well. I think things are going to turn for us now.”

Ings has repaid Rodgers’ faith in him with goals in the last two games against Norwich and Carlisle.

Now the former Burnley frontman wants to fire Liverpool up the table with victory over Villa, who have won two of their last three trips to Anfield.

“It’s a huge game,” Ings added.

“We are at home in front of our fans. It’s massive but you approach it the same way with the same mentality and same style as any other game.

“I scored a couple against Villa last season – a header and a penalty. If I get the nod, I will work my socks off to try to get some more goals and help the team.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities the manager has given me. I’ll keep my head down and work as hard as I can for him, the team and the fans.”

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