Danny Ings has admitted a frustration over Liverpool’s failure to take all three points in Saturday’s clash with West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The hosts’ late comeback saw the Reds relinquish a two-goal cushion and consequently prolong their search to cement a top four finish.
Ings capped off a dominant start from Jurgen Klopp’s men in the first half as he pounced on Georginio Wijnaldum’s touch from Sadio Mane’s cross to fire home from close range.
It marked the striker’s first senior goal since 2015 with successive season-ending knee injuries having resigned the Englishman to a torrid spell on the sidelines.
Mohamed Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead with a dinked finish in the second half, only for West Brom to respond through Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon.
“[I’m] disappointed, it’s always about the team. It’s alright scoring goals but overall you want the three points and we didn’t manage to get that today so it’s disappointing,” Ings told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It’s been a hell of a mountain that I’ve had to climb to get in that position and I’m just glad that I’m around it right now with the lads.”
“I’m getting some game time [and] today’s definitely a positive step for me, but I would’ve preferred the three points, that’s for sure.”
Two more wins will confirm a Champions League spot, although the requirements could be reduced if Chelsea slip up at any point.
Ings’ goal proved the glaring positive, as recognised through not only his but the entire team’s sheer elation in light of his tough time behind the scenes.
It also marked an encouraging glimpse of what he could offer in the future with a run of games and a spell of good form behind him.
His movement and work ethic in particular looked well suited with the support of Sadio Mane and Salah either side of him.
More opportunities beckon if Liverpool can wrap up a top four spot over the next couple of weeks.