Danny Ings: Why the forward could be Liverpool’s secret weapon

There’s plenty of transfer talk to excite Liverpool fans this transfer window.

If it’s not Mohamed Salah, it’s Gelson Martins providing the supporting act to this summer’s big drama: the Virgil van Dijk saga.

The Reds, meanwhile, have already recruited Dominic Solanke – impressing at the Under-20 World Cup recently – and are clearly keen to build for next season as swiftly as possible.

It’s an encouraging time to be a Liverpool supporter, with Jurgen Klopp and FSG heeding everything the fans have called for all year long. Another striker has been added – even though it wasn’t the big name many were after – while pace and width are being prioritised. Klopp is no fool when it comes to the club’s defence, either.

The added firepower will certainly bolster the Anfield outfit – and may well inspire those already turning out on Merseyside each week.


The forgotten man

But there is one man Liverpool needn’t spend a single penny on ahead of next term. Out of action last season due to injury, that man might just turn out to be Liverpool’s secret weapon.

Indeed, many have forgotten all about Danny Ings after his ACL tear.

Roberto Firmino has led the line ably for Klopp, while Daniel Sturridge has shown he is still more than capable if he stays fit. Divock Origi has played the role of understudy.

In a season when Liverpool will fight on four fronts, however, Ings’ return will be very handy indeed. The 24-year-old proved his ability to handle the top flight at Burnley – and reinforced it with some promising form under Brendan Rodgers.


He can prove key, if he can overcome his injury problems

Now, if Ings can fully overcome his injury nightmare, the forward will have the freedom to thrive – without the pressure of being Liverpool’s main man.

Even if it’s just 5-10 goals Ings adds over the course of the campaign (across all competitions), he has every chance of playing a vital role in Liverpool’s season.


Perfect for Klopp

Ings’ work rate suits Klopp’s style perfectly and his versatility means he can be used anywhere across the front three.

It’s a cliche but, without the Reds spending any money on another forward, the 24-year-old will definitely feel like a new signing for them.

The emphasis will be on Sturridge, Solanke and any other strikers coming Liverpool’s way this summer – but no one should forget Danny Ings.

He could finally be set to make his mark at Anfield.


Written by Timothy Poole

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