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I'M NOT FIT TO WEAR THEIR SHIRTS; NEW RECRUIT WANTS TO EARN HIS PLACE IN ANFIELD HISTORY; ENGLAND v ITALY TOMORROW KICK-OFF 7.45PM; Ings thrilled to make his dream move to Liverpool ..but he's not yetready to take on the legends of the Kop.

Byline: FROM SIMON BIRD in Olomouc

DANNY INGS was handed a free choice of squad number when he sealed his transfer to Liverpool.

It took him only a few minutes to decide to sign, and complete a move he said yesterday was "an unbelievable dream come true".

But when presented with a list of available shirts to launch his Anfield career, he paused for thought.

Ghosts of legends past were all around.

How about the famous No.7? As worn by Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Peter Beardsley, Steve McManaman and more recently Luis Suarez.

Or what about No.8? Just vacated by Steven Gerrard after almost two decades of service.

Stepping into the boots of such giants is a heavy burden for a youngster - and could invite unhelpful comparisons.

One day Ings, 22, wants one of those iconic shirts. But for now he is staying humble, and vowing to earn his place in Liverpool history, rather than an easy inheritance, and instant star profile.

Ings talks of his absolute delight at the season ahead at Anfield, and will wear a more low-key No.28.

That doesn't mean he's not confident of making an impact and scoring goals, which he's sure will flow.

He said: "I stayed away from the low shirt numbers! You have got to take that pressure off yourself as a young lad coming through. That is what I personally think.

What about a No.8? "I would make sure I am established before taking any of those numbers. It is such a huge club. That was the thinking behind it.

"I wouldn't want to go to Liverpool and chuck a shirt on my back like that... it is pressure you don't need. The expectation at clubs like that is huge. Obviously I am going to work my socks off to earn that number one day. For now, I will take a high number and work hard."

Ings understands the history and demands of Liverpool. Win trophies, get back into the top four, challenge in Europe.

That is why he is keen to test his talents to the limit. Five years ago he was on loan from Bournemouth, playing for Conference South side Dorchester Town.

His rise has been rapid, and out of contract at relegated Burnley this month, he had impressive career options.

He explained: "I've worked my way up from the bottom so it is even more special for me. I knew about my contract situation at the start of the season. I had a big decision to make whether to sign a new contract or not.

"I sat down with my family and agent, and we decided I was going to hold out. I had quite a strong season with 11 goals, but obviously we went down and I was gutted.

"But I thought I did enough to get myself a good move and the next step and another challenge. It is a challenge I am really looking forward to and I can't wait to get going."

Ings, currently on duty with England Under-21s at the European Championship, said Brendan Rodgers played a big role in his choice. He will have Daniel Sturridge (left), Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert for competition as lead strikers.

Ings said: "The strikers are fantastic. The way I looked at it, I will get a lot more game time playing in different positions learning my trade as a young professional, and I think he is the right manager for that.

"I have been playing one position for a few years as a main striker. I can play in a number of positions, on the left, off the right or as a No.10. As soon as I knew he was interested, it was a no-brainer and it was best for me to join Liverpool."

Ings hopes to spend another week helping England reach the Euro final, and wants to start against Italy tomorrow. He'll then cut short his summer holiday to get going with Liverpool.

He added: "They were giving me three weeks off from the last game of this tournament. I will be raring to go so I will probably only have two and join up with them on tour because I don't want to be playing catch up.

"I would prefer to be around the squad and ready to go for the start of the season. I am raring to go and can't wait to get in."

simon.bird@trinitymirror.com

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