Former Liverpool man Danny Ings is finally living his footballing dream. After years on the bench at Anfield and multiple injuries setting him back, Southampton have now made the England international the focal point of their attack. The 28-year-old has finally been able to unleash his true potential and has rapidly established himself as one of the most clinical strikers in the Premier League.
Seeing his unstoppable form will undoubtedly have those in the Liverpool camp kicking themselves for letting him go. Whilst he made just 14 senior appearances across all competitions for the Reds in his final season, Jurgen Klopp will still be thinking ‘what if?’
With Roberto Firmino’s increased lack of goals, Liverpool are relying on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to perform in attack. The Brazilian, rated at £64.8m by Transfermarkt, has developed a niche role, operating deeper in order to create chances for the wingers. However, a goal-poaching striker is arguably something Liverpool are lacking and it’s something that would take them to the next level.
Had they kept Ings, they could have opted to deploy him at the forefront of the attack, with Firmino playing just behind him. The Reds would boast a blistering attack that would be extremely hard to defend against. But with an improvised 4-2-3-1 formation, it would see one of Klopp’s midfielders snubbed of a place.
Naby Keita has recently come into his own and showed some impressive performances. His creativity in the engine room is something Liverpool really benefited from last season, particularly against Aston Villa and Brighton (via Sofascore). Similarly, the club brought in Thiago Alcantara, who is ready to improve the chances created from the midfield.
It can be argued that the sale of Ings was not only to give him another shot at first team football, but to pave the way for the likes of Keita and Thiago to make their impact in the middle of the park.