Brendan Rodgers has named a strong starting lineup for Wednesday night’s League Cup tie with Carlisle United, with Ings fielded in an attacking role.
Ings netted after replacing the injured Christian Benteke in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City, and the 23-year-old has been rewarded with a spot in a lineup that includes five other changes from that stalemate.
Adam Bogdan replaces Simon Mignolet in goal to make his first competitive appearance for the club after joining on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers this summer.
Moving into midfield sees the return of Joe Allen, who has missed the first seven games of the season so far through injury.
The Welshman lines up alongside captain James Milner.
There’s no opportunity for the likes of Jordan Rossiter or Jordon Ibe, who have to settle with a place on the bench.
Rodgers is clearly taking this domestic competition very seriously, with his position as Liverpool manager under considerable pressure.
With the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti coming in as Reds manager, the Northern Irishman needs to string together a series of convincing victories to reinforce his role.
Starting with a win over lowly Carlisle is clearly seen as the first step towards an unlikely redemption act on Merseyside.
Liverpool XI vs. Carlisle: Bogdan, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Allen, Lallana, Firmino, Ings.
Substitutes: Fulton, Coutinho, Gomez, Origi, Brannagan, Ibe, Rossiter.