When Liverpool began their spending spree earlier in the summer, a striker was on top of the priority list. After failing to adequately replace Luis Suarez and after seeing Daniel Sturridge spend the majority of the last campaign in the doctor’s room, Brendan Rodgers knew that he needed new personnel. What we fans knew though, was that Rodgers was not to be trusted.
The two strikers that he brought into the club during the last transfer window turned out to be major flops and I was personally very apprehensive about giving the Northern Irishman another chance to waste funds. This time around, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings have been brought in to add more firepower to our squad and while the former has been grabbing all the headlines, I believe that it may be the latter who will go on to surprise us all.
Ings was brought into the club on a free transfer from relegated side, Burnley earlier on during the transfer window. Liverpool though will probably have to pay a sum of money to Burnley owing to the player still being under the age of 24. Even with that fee, Ings may prove to be real value for money. I personally, was not too excited with his signing. Yes, he did score 11 goals in the Premier League for a relegated side and yes, he is still a young lad with a scope for improvement. But then again, was Burnley forward Danny Ings going to be the man to lead Liverpool back into the Champions League?!
After seeing him play for us over the course of the pre-season, the answer may just be a yes. The Englishman has scored only the one goal for us during pre-season but then again, what a goal that was! The manner in which he superbly rounded the Adelaide goalkeeper to sweetly pass the ball into the back of the net, only proves that he is a finisher of the highest order.
Yes, I will accept that it’s just one goal, but then again, I don’t remember Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli doing that for us. Over the course of the friendly games, Danny Ings has repeatedly caught the eye with some flashes of brilliance and hard work. He still does look far from the finished article, but at the level that he is right now, I feel that he can surely make a great contribution for the Reds this season. In fact, the least I expect from him is a double digit goals tally, and for a 23 year old just making his name at Liverpool, that is a big ask.
Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson is someone who shares my faith in Danny Ings after he said that, “Danny Ings could surprise people in this Liverpool side. He’s got that intelligence, that movement that Brendan Rodgers likes, and I think he could be the surprise package in this attacking set-up”. I for one, am in full agreement with the Reds legend and I feel that we’ll soon be proven right.