“It was always clear that when Danny is fit, healthy and can keep the intensity in training – which he has been doing now for a long time – he will score goals in the Premier League,” said the Reds boss. “But we didn’t have too many opportunities for him; that’s not so nice but on the other hand it’s a normal life for a professional football player.
“It’s really nice that he could do that (score). He was a real threat. The second chance (when he was denied by Ben Foster’s outstretched foot) was really big and I’m sure he would have scored in another situation. “It was a very nice game for him, for sure but a very hard one as well. He was constantly a threat, that’s good and I’m happy about that.” Ings got his chance as Klopp rested Roberto Firmino ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Roma.
The former Burnley striker will be back on the bench on Tuesday as the Reds boss brings back the likes of Firmino, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold after they all started on the bench at The Hawthorns. Klopp accepts the decision to make five changes affected the fluency of his side against West Brom but does not regret it.
“It was not that difficult, to be honest. It was clear in the moment when we could make these changes. We couldn’t do them in the past,” he added. “We had Trent and Joe through the whole season, then Trent and Clyney (Nathaniel Clyne). Unfortunately, Clyney was a little bit injured again.
“It was clear that at one point Robbo cannot play all the games. Alberto (Moreno) would have played at Everton for sure but was then unfortunately a little bit injured. Ragnar (Klavan) was out for a while and Ingsy came on from time to time. “It was always clear that in the moment we could use them because of the physical situation we would do it. That’s what we did.”