Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Danny Ings to challenge for a place in his team.
The former Burnley striker has struggled with injury since the German took over from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015, but has got back to full fitness this season.
And when Klopp was asked if he is thinking about handing Ings a start in the coming weeks, he responded positively.
“Yes, absolutely.” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“It’s good. He needed time. A few months ago it was different, but a player like him when they come back they think, ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.
“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the U23s—a lot of good games. Not all of them were good, but that’s normal.
“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play U23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.
“It’s all about getting match time and getting minutes. Then at one point, if the quality is there, he will be back – and that he is back now is very important for us and fantastic for him.”
“It was fantastic but he deserves it,” he added.
“Danny is in a fantastic shape. It always takes time. When I came in, it was such a long time [before I could work with him] because in the first session he got injured. Unbelievable.
“Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved.” he finished.