It's a big game for...
When he arrived at Anfield, this young striker opted against wearing a single digit number on the back of his shirt. Rather than emulate club legends like Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler via a laminator, he wanted to do so on merit.
On Sunday against Norwich City, he played like a man thirsty for that number 7, 8 or 9. As the of ragtag mob of intricate attacking talents behind him struggled for fluency, Ings stormed about like a runaway steam train, chasing and harrying every cause, even after he'd scored his deserved goal.
His performance of refreshing directness came at a time when Liverpool's attacking play looked particularly ponderous. Should he start on Wednesday night, he will be have an excellent opportunity to build a scoring run and secure his place in this side. On Sunday's evidence, it needs him.
John Barnes and a Steve McMahon double sank Carlisle in the 1988/89 FA Cup Third Round, the last meeting between these two sides? No? Good job we've got a YouTube clip then...
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Who? Only the top scorer across each of England's top four divisions. At 6ft2ins, with 10 goals in 10 games, Ibhere is the mobile 32-year-old target man spearheading the Football League's most potent attack. The much-travelled striker, who began his career at Leyton Orient, will relish his chance to square up a Liverpool defence that has looked uncertain at the best of times, especially now that he is in the form of career.
Past three meetings
Carlisle 0 Liverpool 3 (Barnes, McMahon 2)
FA Cup, January 1989
Liverpool 3 (Keegan, Toshack, Heighway) Carlisle 0
FA Cup, January 1977
Liverpool 2 (Toshack, Keegan) Carlisle 0
First Division, April 1975
Carlisle United: WLWWD
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