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Southampton No Longer (Or Ever?) Interested In This £20m Liverpool Forward: Good News For Klopp?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings is not on Southampton‘s radar this summer. According to recent reports, the Saints are not interested in securing the signature of the Reds forward during this summer transfer period. Some sources have recently claimed that the South-coast club were planning to make a move for the English frontman in this post-season but those sources are reportedly wide off the mark.

It is understood that Mark Hughes’ side are keeping their cards close to their chests and are not willing to make a big-money move for the Liverpool talent. Ings has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons which has seen him fall down the pecking order at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp. Despite all this, Liverpool and Klopp had slapped a £20m price tag on the striker which given the circumstances definitely sound ridiculous.

However, he still managed to make some appearances for the Merseyside club towards the latter parts of the last campaign. The English forward needs regular first-team opportunities if he is serious about reigniting his career in the coming months. Hence, a move out of Anfield could be his best option unless he is ready to play second-fiddle to Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Ings had made 23 appearances for the Reds last season, scoring 2 goals while providing 2 assists in all competitions. He has also earned a single international cap for the England national team so far in his career.

The Reds had only managed to claim a Top 4 place by the skin of their teeth in the final gameweek of the last campaign. Klopp should look to make a few more signings in this transfer window if his players are to challenge on all fronts in the upcoming campaign.

Retaining some of their top talents could go a long way in helping the German manager build for a bigger and brighter future at Anfield. For now, it doesn’t seem like Ings has what it takes to feature for the Liverpool senior team on a weekly basis. The English striker needs to put his head down and work hard during pre-season so that when the opportunity arrives to make his mark at Merseyside, he could be ready for the challenge of representing the Reds week in week out.

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At 25, the Englishman still has his best years ahead of him and is a wonderful squad option which is why Klopp should look to retain his services for the time being. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Ings and whether he ends up staying at Merseyside beyond this summer.

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