June 16, 2015 14:09:15 UK
Stephen Gerrard feels new recruit Danny Ings is well equipped to succeed at Liverpool but he has warned Reds supporters they may need to be patient with the striker.
Ings will complete his move to Merseyside on 1st July subject to passing a medical and is currently at the European U21 Championship’s in the Czech Republic with England.
The 22-year-old scored 11 Premier League goals for Burnley last season and Gerrard sees no reason why he will not become a success at Anfield.
“The Ings one I’m really excited about, because he can be what he wants to be. I know the talent’s there, he’s very young; he’s fresh,” the LA Galaxy bound midfielder told Liverpool’s website.
He’s still very young and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently.
“I think if he carries on learning and developing he can become a top striker and we love top strikers, so the stage is there. I wish him the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching him play.”
However, Gerrard has urged a cautious approach and he says it might require some time for Ings to settle in at Liverpool.
“For me, the supporters just need to be patient with him. He’s still very young and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently.
“Hopefully he can get some goals early on which will give him the confidence that’ll make him feel like he belongs there,” he added.
Ings is likely to find himself jostling with Mario Balotelli for a role alongside the Reds number one striker Daniel Sturridge next season.
England are 2.50 to beat Portugal, available at 2.75, in their opening game at the European Championships on Thursday. The draw is 3.30 for the Group B encounter.
Gareth Southgate’s team are 5.00 to win the tournament outright.
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