Danny Ings fulfils Champions League dream with Liverpool

Liverpool striker Danny Ings saw one of his lifelong dreams fulfilled when the Reds defeated Porto 5-0 at the Estadio do Dragao.

The former Burnley man came on as a late substitute in the tie to replace Roberto Firmino.

In doing so Ings made his bow in European football’s premier competition, ticking off an ambition he has harboured since childhood.

“It was one of those things where you watch it as a kid and have a dream of playing in the competition,” Ings told Liverpool’s official website.

“So to come on and make my debut was a huge moment for me. I was very, very happy. But the most important thing was the 5-0 win – away at Porto, it’s a huge result.

“To be part of this group in a competition like that is huge for me, from the levels that I’ve come from over the years.

“It was a huge moment but something I want to build on. I want to stay around it with the lads and try to win as many games as we can and see how far we can go in the competition.”

The 25-year-old made his impact in the game with an assist for Sadio Mane’s third goal.

Senegal international Mane was teed up by Ings shortly after his introduction, and hit a long-range effort past goalkeeper Jose Sa to give the Reds a dominant first-leg lead.

The two sides will meet at Anfield for the return fixture on Tuesday, March 6.