The 23-year-old, one of seven summer signings at Anfield, has experienced the Lancashire derby between Burnley and Blackburn, but admits Sunday’s match with Everton at Goodison Park will be on another level entirely. It’s great to get a header as I’m only a little man.
“Burnley-Blackburn was quite fierce”.
Burnley await to see the fee they will receive from Liverpool for Ings, with no date yet set for a tribunal to assess his valuation, but his current run in the side, and goals against Norwich City, Carlisle United and Merseyside rivals Everton – in addition to his global call – can only help raise the price tag.
Asked how Ings will adapt to the step up, Dyche added: “He stayed very focused on waiting for his time to come, and so far he’s shown a brightness and energy, and I know Brendan’s been very pleased with him so far”.
Ings could be given a full England bow by Roy Hodgson as the Three Lions take on Estonia and Lithuania in a qualifying campaign they have already safely breezed through.
That has been in contrast to the general performance of the team and Thursday’s disappointing 1-1 Europa League draw with Sion – where he was one of just three outfield players likely to keep his place – was less than ideal preparation for the derby.
The result was not the ideal preparation for the derby, but Ings stressed that game would have no bearing on Sunday.
“It is all about the day”, he said.
I think Everton have got a few threats – maybe on the back of Monday you may say Lukaku is the biggest now. It is a huge boost for me as a player and for my career so I’ll take great confidence from that moving forward.
It will be his form, however, which is most closely tied to his club’s fortunes this season as his two goals against Villa highlighted.
‘It is great that people are recognising your hard work and what you try to do for the team and the fans but it is something I honestly didn’t expect. So much so, in fact, that Carragher believes he’s been their best player.