The recent injury to striker Divock Origi and the continued injury proneness of England’s Daniel Sturridge, has opened up the debate regarding the forward positions at Anfield. Origi’s international team-mate, Christian Benteke, appears to be out of favour with Jurgen Klopp and could be moved on in the summer. Rumours have also been circling regarding the future of Daniel Sturridge, who struggles to play the majority of a season. However, one player who has seemingly been forgotten, is Danny Ings.
Having joined Liverpool from Burnley in July 2015, Ings has had his own injury problems, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in October. This was not long after Klopp had taken over as manager and meant Ings had no chance to show the German what he was capable of. There is a slim chance, Ings could make a return to action before the 2015/16 season ends but if not, he will be given the opportunity to work on his fitness over the summer months and stake a claim for Klopp’s squad for next season.
It’s expected by many around Anfield, that Klopp will make changes to his playing personnel in the summer. Mario Balotelli will not feature, regardless of whether he is sold or loaned out and as mentioned above, and Christian Benteke seemingly fighting for his futures. Could this be an opportunity for Danny Ings to step up and make a name for himself at Liverpool?
Ings was settling in to life at Anfield very nicely, prior to his injury and was impressing those at the club in the first two months of the season. Since then, with long term injuries being as they are, Ings has been somewhat forgotten about but can still offer the club a lot in the future. Klopp likes his strikers to press from the front, with plenty of energy and movement, coupled with the ability to finish chances when they present themselves. This is Danny Ings’ game in a nutshell. Let’s not forget, Ings has scored 3 goals in 4 starts and 2 substitute appearances for Liverpool in domestic competitions, including the opening goal in the Merseyside Derby and his first goal of the club, against Norwich. The latter was a text book strikers goal, peeling off the shoulder of the last man, taking a nice touch on the chest and slotting the ball in to the net with a composed, one touch, finish. The striker has also shown his ability to get on the end of crosses, as his finish against Everton highlighted.
Prior to his injury, Ings had forced his way in to the England squad, featuring off the bench against Lithuania in a 3-0 win, so he was definitely a player on the up. At the age of 23, Ings should be able to come back from his injury strongly and put it behind him. Klopp is sure to give him the opportunity to show what he can do and chances are, the manager will be impressed with what he sees.
All the talk has been about new signings for next season but Ings will seem like a new signing, when he returns fully fit, in 2016/17. For work rate, pressing and fight alone, Klopp will give him a chance but Ings is much more than that. This is a striker who possess good movement and can take chances, both on the ground and in the air. Next season, Danny Ings could be the ‘new signing’ Liverpool fans have been craving for.