Michael Mongie discusses how Danny Ings may feature as a key player next season despite all the talk being of new signings.
When Ings first signed for Liverpool, for free awaiting a tribunal fee, I was hugely sceptical. I knew he’d done well at Burnley but I didn’t think that he had what it takes at a big club. From the off, however, I knew I’d judged him too quickly.
His work rate upfront is phenomenal and it’s such a disappointment he injured himself so severely in Jürgen Klopp’s first training session in charge. It seems simple logic that the Englishman would be perfect in the German’s pressing system.
It’s frightening that Ings has only played in 6 games this season, managing to score twice according to Whoscored.com.
Liverpool has four senior strikers. For the sake of this argument I’ll discount Roberto Firmino who performed admirably as a number nine when called upon. Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi all featured for Liverpool this season scoring a combined 33 goals in all competitions. Between them they played an average of 33 games.
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In the 13/14 season Luis Suarez scored 31 goals in 33 games. It just demonstrates the downgrade in quality since the Uruguayan left for Barcelona in 2014. Even Sturridge who was present in the 13/14 title run was superb but a frustrating streak of injuries has robbed him of his pace which put defenders on the back foot so often.
Given Sturridge’s inability to run it will likely mean that Klopp will be more willing to play the players who can press and harass defenders from the front. Ings fits this billing. I fully expect him to revel in a system which compliments his best attributes and under a manger that will fill him with boundless confidence.
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