Ings and Gomez: Starters or Deadwood?

Sam Wood discusses the future of Danny Ings and Joe Gomez who both suffered long-term injuries early in the season. 

Danny Ings and Joe Gomez both had a very good start to the season, with the former being the top scorer for a while. However, Ings ruptured his ACL in October and Gomez ruptured anterior knee ligaments in September and had their seasons ended prematurely.

However, with both nearing full recovery, we will take a look at what they can bring to the Liverpool squad and whether they deserve to be in the starting XI.

Danny Ings joined Liverpool last summer on a free from Burnley, after their relegation, and scored twice in his 6 appearances for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers. In that time, the charismatic Jürgen Klopp has taken over and changed the club completely. Players like Divock Origi – Danny’s striking rival – have flourished under the new management. What does this mean for him?

In my opinion, Ings is the third choice striker for Liverpool, behind Sturridge and Origi and ahead of Balotelli and Beneteke. He showed sparks of brilliance in his brief spell before injury. He is a very competent back up, and if he continues his pre-injury form, should be kept and could potentially improve, as many players have under Klopp.

Joe Gomez was signed from Charlton in June 2015 and is a defender, who can play at centre back and both full backs. He played in 5 promising games before his injury, earning many rave reviews.

He also picked up an injury early in the season and missed out hugely on the arrival of Jürgen Klopp. According to the impressive improvement of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, there could be more improvement in store for him. With the recent decline of Alberto Moreno and Jon Flanagan at left back, he may have a place in the starting XI.

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However, Klopp seems to be after a left back, with both Ricardo Rodriguez and Jonas Hector linked to the club. Despite that, Gomez should definitely be kept, due to his versatility, quality and age.

One problem that may arise is that Klopp has never seen the pair play or train, and may look to strengthen in those areas, unaware of the quality and strength in depth we have with Ings and Gomez.

Both players were both very good future prospects at their previous clubs, with Ings being sought after following his brilliant debut season in the Premier League with Burnley.

Gomez’s play style has been linked to that of Rio Ferdinand, being a ball playing centre back. His main skills are his strengths and athleticism, with marauding runs from full back a common occurrence. Surely this is better than Moreno’s incompetence, isn’t it?

Danny Ings is a speedy forward with brilliant finishing. John Aldridge has been quoted as saying:

“He’s young and one who has great potential. He’s a goalscorer, he knows where the net is, his movement’s good and he’s quick. He can finish, he’s quite clinical in front of goal, so he’s a player that will only get better.”

That’s glowing praise for a player with over 350 professional goals.

Hopefully, Jürgen Klopp will give these English youngsters time to prove themselves under him and break into the first team.

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