Danny Ings is ready to continue his positive progress from long-term injury after being withdrawn as a precaution with Liverpool U23s last weekend.

The striker was taken off during the first half of Neil Critchley’s side’s clash with Manchester City at Prenton Park, purely as a safety measure.

But Ings has resumed training with the first team during the past week and will hope to gain minutes in the coming days as the U23s travel to West Ham United on Monday night and the senior Reds face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

“We would be delighted to have him but if we don’t get him and he’s not with us then maybe that means he’s involved with the first team, which would be fantastic as well,” Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com.

“If we can help him and get Danny closer to the first team and back on that pitch at Anfield then we will be delighted to assist him in that because he’s been fantastic since he’s been with us.

“He’s a credit to the profession and everyone wants the best for him.

“He came off last Sunday but that was just a precaution. He’s been back training this week and if we get him we’ll be delighted, but if not he might possibly be involved with the first team against Leicester, which would give him a big lift as well.”

Ings has featured in five competitive games for the U23s so far in 2017-18, scoring once, as he builds up match fitness following the second long-term knee injury that sidelined him last season.