Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has praised the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Ings will join the Merseyside club when his contract with the Clarets expire on July 1 after agreeing to terms earlier this month, however the transfer still awaits the agreement of a fee that will be set by a tribunal.
And Reds idol Steven Gerrard, who has joined LA Galaxy, is looking forward to watching the striker play for his former club, but has warned fans that they have to be patient with the 22-year-old.
Gerrard said: “The Ings one I’m really excited about because he can be what he wants to be – I know the talent’s there, he’s very young, he’s fresh.
“I think if he carries on learning and developing he can become a top striker and we love top strikers, so it’s there for them, the stage is there and I wish [him] the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching [him] play.
“He might be the type of player that needs that bigger club, and does thrive on the pressure.
“He’s certainly got the platform there at one of the best clubs in the world to showcase his talents.
“For me, the supporters just need to be patient with him, he’s still very young and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently. But, as I say, I’m really looking forward to watching him play.
“Hopefully he can get some goals early on which will give him the confidence that’ll make him feel like he belongs there.”
Ings was Burnley’s stand-out performer in their Premier League season, scoring 11 goals but was unable to stop his side from being relegated into the Championship.
Tottenham Hotspur were also heavily linked with a move for the Englishman, but Liverpool acted quickly to finalize the switch.
Kop manager Brendan Rodgers will hope that Ings eases the pressure on his misfiring strikers, who have struggled to score on a consistent basis all season.