To move forward and onto bigger and better things Jurgen Klopp needed to get rid of some of the dead weight in his side and, unfortunately for Ings, he is one of them.
Liverpool go into the season with enormous optimism on the back of being Champions League runners-up and enjoying a strong league campaign.
A very good start, for sure.
The French attacker looked set to join the Reds earlier in the summer after a fee and personal terms were agreed between all parties - with club media duties also completed - however the deal dramatically crumbled as the true extent of previous injuries to his knee emerged.
Fabianski was by far the busier 'keeper with Alisson making just one comfortable save and impressing far more with his feet to launch a series of Liverpool attacks. In addition to May's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League, he oversaw a penalty shoot-out loss to Manchester City in the 2016 English League Cup final and a 3-1 reverse against Sevilla in the 2016 Uefa Europa League final.
Speaking ahead of the game, boss Jurgen Klopp, said: "We have to be in a championship mode".
West Ham were expected to respond in the second half, but it was Liverpool who found the net again, though this time controversially.
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He's a midfield player that technically is very good. "[Kasper] Schmeichel is very good on pens but no chance". Pogba wrote: " I'll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what's going on ".
They'll be looking to make a positive start tomorrow but West Ham head to Merseyside with ambitions of their own after Manuel Pellegrini spent around £100m on new players this summer as they look to close the gap on the tpo six. So to sign someone of Alisson's calibre will definitely turn out to be a major coup in my opinion, regardless of the price tag, and it could be the difference between you winning a trophy and not winning one this season.
"Nobody knows exactly how valuable or worthy a pre-season is".
He said on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be less interested in what other people say of us". I would expect us to perhaps sit deep (as most underdogs would) and narrow, limiting the space in behind and between the lines for Liverpool to create chances. It is a start - not flawless but really good.
Salah and Mane's pain at global level was Liverpool's gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club's pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russian Federation.
"We knew before we played that it was going to hard", Pellegrini admitted post-match. "We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges". They deserved to win.
"The second part, what those outside of our club think, I really could not care 0.1 per cent about because it's not important".
"It's a similar style of play and a similar position that he played at Leipzig-he can play different positions, but I think the No. 8 is his best in the moment".