By Scott Taylor
Danny Ings scored a hat-trick as Liverpool U23s convincingly beat Ipswich 3-0 in the Premier League Cup at Portman Road on Sunday afternoon. The striker, 24, opened his account in the third minute before two further goals late in the second half sealed his hat-trick and the three points for Michael Beale’s side. Ings has now netted seven goals in just four appearances for the U23s this season, and will hope his run of form can earn him a place back in the first-team.
Liverpool Head Coach Beale made four changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Wolfsburg on Wednesday, as Ings, Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria were all recalled.
It was the former Burnley striker Ings who made an impact in the opening exchanges, as the striker curled his 12-yard effort into the far corner to give the visitors an early lead.
The Reds striker went inches away from doubling his and his side’s tally when he smashed the post before Alexander-Arnold, who was flourishing for the U23s, had a shot cleared off the line.
The Reds were unlucky not to have a resounding lead as the match progressed, but Beale’s men soon found there second of the game in the closing stages.
Ejaria poked it to Ings, and the striker took a touch inside the penalty area before stabbing the ball past the on-rushing Ipswich ‘keeper to put the tie to bed.
Ings then capped off a fine individual display moments later as substitute Brooks Lennon unselfishly fed his team-mate to sweep home from close-range.
Liverpool had further changes in the second half, but Cameron Brannagan hit the post before the in-form Harry Wilson failed to convert a one-on-one chance.
Liverpool U23s return to action after the international break when they travel to their arch-rivals Manchester United on Tuesday 18th October.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Ilori, Sakho, Randall; Stewart, Chirivella (Phillips 80’); Wilson (Lennon 85’), Ejaria, Woodburn (Brannagan 65’); Ings.