January has been a quiet month for Liverpool. Only the re-arrival of Jordan Ibe – he had been on loan at Derby – has pierced the transfer silence on the red half of Merseyside, despite the club having entered the window with areas of concern in their squad. One of those ‘zones of worry’ has been up front, where the absence of Daniel Sturridge – who last played for the club in August – through injury has increased the focus on the failing of new duo Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, as well a Fabio Borini.
But, reports over the last 24 hours have indicated that the area is set to be addressed with a move for Danny Ings of Burnley. Although many fans want the ‘box office’ name, the Clarets forward actually does make some sense for the Reds, even though any swoop would see him spend the rest of the season at Turf Moor.
We all known that Balotelli, Borini and Lambert have been awful so far this season, and when compared to Ings their stats are even worse than expected. That’s no dig at the Burnley man, though, who has been impressive since stepping up from the Championship – where he netted 21 goals last season – with seven efforts showing his deadly edge. He also strikes more shots from inside the area than any Liverpool striker, and hits the ball goalwards more often – albeit with more game time under his belt.
Per 90 minutes his numbers aren’t quite so domineering, but he certainly of more use than Balotelli in terms of creativity.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 30, 2015
Opinion seems divided on the 22-year-old, with Sky Sports’ poll – albeit vague – showing a new 50/50 split on the worthwhile nature of a deal. And it appears voices on Twitter are similarly polar…
Why the hell would you want to sign Danny Ings in the 1st place? Will the coaches at #lfc die if the player is experienced and not average?
— Nana Yaw Aidoo (@Nanalfc7) January 30, 2015
Danny Ings to Liverpool? Great player for Burnley, IMO I’d rather us sign what we need, a proven World Class striker! — Deano (@DeanoJohnston8) January 30, 2015
Danny Ings – “a low cost, high potential signing” HA HA HA.
— Sugar Ray Lardy (@relahni) January 30, 2015
Liverpool signing Danny Ings. Not like they bought someone just like him in the summer with lambert. But yeah that deal went well so fairs..
— AFCGooners (@gooner_army49) January 30, 2015