Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks to be developing a selection-based cranial throbbing of the oddly-pleasurable variety after Danny Ings scored his second pre-season goal in three games against Wigan.
The 23-year-old spent the best part of seven months out of action with a cruciate ligament injury last season before returning in the club’s final Premier League game.
Prior to that setback, which sustained after he found the net against Everton in the Merseyside Derby draw that was to signal Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield demise, he had been looking the Reds’ most-likely goal threat.
Cruelly kiboshed on the back of two goals in as many league games and three in nine for Liverpool across all competitions, he appears to be picking up where he left off this summer.
The Daily Mail’s Rory O’Callaghan has described the former-Burnley man as the side’s standout performer of pre-season so far and, more than simply the strikes he has bagged, it is the welter of other chances he has been getting that suggest he has much to contribute over the campaign ahead.
Ings himself has acknowledged that it will take plenty of time for him to return to optimum physical fitness, while he is also getting to grips with what Jurgen Klopp’s footballing vision requires of him.
Moreover, he will have to compete for a place in the Reds’ attack with a vast amount of talented footballers.
Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi are all likely to gunning for inclusion in around a front three or four next season.
However, having recorded 11 goals and four assists in Burnley’s doomed Premier League campaign (more than half their division-low total) the resurgent Englishman has already hinted he possesses all the quality needed to do become a first-team player under Klopp.