In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Newcastle United man Rob Lee has claimed that Liverpool should consider re-signing Danny Ings from Southampton.
Ings was allowed to join Southampton on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019 and having overcome his injury issues, has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League in the past two seasons.
The 28-year-old finished as joint-second top scorer in the top-flight last season, hitting 22 goals, and he has started this season in a similar fashion, with seven goals in 15 top-flight appearances.
Ings’ contract with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side is set to expire at the end of next season, which has led to speculation about his future with the Saints, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur said to be interested as he eyes a move to a Champions League club, according to The Telegraph.
When asked whether Ings had unfinished business at Anfield, Lee told FFC:
“I would definitely say he could play for Liverpool. [Roberto] Firmino, I’ve watched him the last few games, he’s the one that links them all together, for whatever reason, by his standards he’s been poor. He never scores loads of goals, his link-up play has not been good.
“Danny Ings would certainly play for them, would Liverpool go back for him? It’s always a tough ego thing to do, ‘we got rid of him because of injuries, now we’re going to buy him back for a lot more money’ – I’m not sure Liverpool would do that.
“He could play in any team, he runs around, he’s very fit, strong, and technically he’s very very good and he can finish. That’s all you want from a striker.”
Therefore, whilst Lee is unconvinced that Liverpool would return for Ings, he does claim that the 28-year-old could play for any team in the Premier League.
Ings is said to want to play for a team with Champions League football in the future, which is something that Liverpool would most likely be able to provide next season, so perhaps they could convince him to return to Anfield in the summer.
Certainly, the £18 million-rated forward guarantees goals if he’s fit, and would offer something different to Firmino in Klopp’s side.
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