Liverpool’s Danny Ings is a gifted striker, bad luck with injury derailed his Liverpool career. That is all but over now as he is surplus to Anfield requirements and faces a choice over his future.
Leicester City are preparing a bid to take Danny Ings from Merseyside to the Midlands. His time at Liverpool has been frustrating. An injury in 2015 just after signing, and operation the following year, significantly interrupted the Englishman’s attempt to integrate at a world-class club.
His star had risen scoring 11 premiership goals in 35 matches for Burnley in 2014/15. Only managing 14 Premier League appearances in three years at Liverpool is disastrous all round. Of course it is bad luck and can’t be attributed to mistakes or form.
On Tuesday, the Leicester Mercury carry a story claiming the Foxes have reinstated their interest in Ings. In 2015, the paper reports, Leicester already wanted the highly rated forward. Making a bid of around £7.5m, before his Anfield move. Again in 2018 they pursue him:
“The former Burnley man looks set to leave Anfield before the start of the new Premier League campaign. Ings is valued at £20m by the Anfield hierarchy and, according to the Liverpool Echo, is attracting interest from Claude Puel’s Foxes, along with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.” (Via: Leicester Mercury)
According to their source – Jurgen Klopp would love to keep Ings a Red, but is prepared to lose him. This comes as the Reds make major signings; with Klopp understandably sympathetic to Ings’ want to play regular first team football. Consequently, the Sun listed eight players to imminently leave Liverpool: the former Claret is among them.
Leicester are on the rise: possibly becoming a Premier League top-seven addition. However, they did concede by selling Riyad Mahrez, eventually. An inflated price only £20m short of their new training ground was excellent business. Although Manchester City have a great ‘understudy’ to Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
A departure is extremely likely – as Ings is presumed fit but did not travel to the United States. Liverpool are currently on a preseason tour across the Atlantic. With Manchester City and Manchester United still to play abroad. Before returning to play two additional warm-ups before the 2018/19 campaign is underway.
Former Burnley hitman Ings celebrated his birthday on Monday – the icing on the cake would surely be a move and 15 goals this coming term at the King Power.
It is widely accepted that the 26-year-old could have been a success for Liverpool. Sometimes these deals just don’t align the stars. I see a big future for the forward – if he can maintain fitness and find luck with health – he is a premiership mainstay. Ideally though, he would move, and the Foxes are an ideal club to nurture and implement his talent.
Which destination is best for Ings, in your opinion?