Liverpool striker Danny Ings scored his first Liverpool goal under Jurgen Klopp on Saturday afternoon.
With a Champions League semi-final against Roma on the horizon, Klopp opted to rest a number of his regular starters against West Bromwich Albion – allowing Ings a rare start up front.
The striker repaid the manager’s faith in him by opening the scoring his first senior goal of the season – and his first Premier League goal since the Merseyside derby in October 2015, which just so happened to also be Brendan Rodgers’ final match in charge of the Reds.
The goal itself came about from some fine work from Sadio Mane, the Senegalese forward playing a short corner to James Milner, collecting the ball back and planting a low cross in the box. Joe Gomez stopped the ball in the penalty area, with Ings on hand to fire the ball past Ben Foster and give Liverpool the lead.
930 – Danny Ings has scored his first Premier League goal in 930 days, since netting against Everton for Liverpool in October 2015. Relief.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 21, 2018
Liverpool know that victory at the Hawthorns will put them withing touching distance of sealing a place in next season’s Champions League. For West Brom, meanwhile, defeat could see their probable relegation to the Championship become a certainty if results go against them this weekend.