Southampton should take a risk in recruiting Ings from Liverpool

Southampton should take a gamble and sign Danny Ings from Liverpool before the transfer window closes this summer.

What’s the word?

It is no secret that the coastal club severely struggled to make a significant impact up front last season, particularly under former manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long and Charlie Austin failed to impress, while January signing Guido Carrillo did not find the back of the net in 10 outings for the club.

One man who is available this summer is Liverpool striker Danny Ings, who The Guardian reported last Tuesday as being keen to leave Anfield in search of regular football.

The 25-year-old made just eight Premier League appearances last season due to a mixture of injury problems and dropping down the pecking order under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Would a move pay off for Southampton?

There is no doubt that recruiting a player who has a history of injury problems is a risk, but it is also likely to drive the price down.

Ings is expected to come cheap, which should encourage the Saints to take a gamble as they try to avoid a relegation battle this season.

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Before the dark days of injury hell, Ings scored 11 goals in 35 top-flight outings for Burnley ahead of his 2015 switch to Anfield.

The striker is capable of being clinical in front of goal as long as he has a run of games, which Southampton can provide.

Ings will also be keen to prove himself having spent so much time on the sidelines, therefore if he stays injury-free, the coastal club could have a gem on their hands.