Damon Savenilli discusses how, after two season-ending knee injuries in as many years, Danny Ings has become a peripheral figure on Merseyside despite a lot of promise.
Danny Ings’ Liverpool career has been disappointing, to say the least with just two goals in six appearances.
It really is quite sad to see what has happened to the striker in the last two seasons. Ings has suffered not just one, but two season-ending knee injuries in the span of two years.
When news emerged back in October that Ings had injured his other knee and would miss yet another season, I was gutted. I was hoping to see a full season from him after he worked so hard to prepare himself for the season.
It really comes as no surprise that most Liverpool fans have completely forgotten about the former Burnley man. With more and more pictures of the forward emerging in training, and recent reports suggesting that his recovery is going well it looks like Ings might make his return soon.
Especially considering the fact that hopeful news has recently emerged regarding Ings.
Earlier this week James Pearce revealed that Klopp “has been blown away by the England international’s attitude since he suffered ligament damage to his right knee.” Apparently, Ings also swam the equivalent of the English Channel during his rehabilitation. Madness.
It is great to see such dedication from Ings, he seems to be a man that never gives up. I believe he still has a purpose to serve at Anfield, and I hope that he has a fruitful and prosperous career after he finishes recovering from this injury.
I am assuming that most Liverpool fans do not really have a good feel for Danny Ings regarding his style of play. Klopp has stated in the past that he intends to keep Ings at Anfield and I can see why.
Ings is the perfect Klopp player. Rising from the abysses of the Bournemouth Youth Academy, the Englishman is a very industrious player.
With decent pace and agility, Ings does a good job of creating space and takes his chances when they are presented to him. Although he is not the striker to go out and bag 20 goals per season or smash in screamers from 25 yards outside the box, the England international is still a very decent squad player to have around.
With Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge listed as the only recognised strikers in the Liverpool team, Ings definitely still has a role to play at Liverpool. Especially since Sturridge is rumoured to be departing Anfield soon. Klopp has also stated that he will most likely not pursue a striker in the summer.
Plus, we have all seen what happens when one of either Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, or Roberto Firmino misses out on the starting 11. The goals dry up and we really lack attacking depth.
Our lack of squad depth has obviously been shocking this season. Klopp recently put out one of the youngest benches in the club’s history on Saturday. The oldest player was 24-year-old Alberto Moreno. It is obvious that we need more attacking depth and Ings can provide that.
Moreover, Ings is a proven Premier League goal scorer. Having scored 11 goals in 35 games for Burnley back in 2015, Ings definitely has some PL experience. More than 17-year-olds Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster at least (no disrespect to the youngsters).
I believe that Ings possesses two traits that are currently in high demand at Anfield. Experience, as well as a proven goal scoring record. So yes, I do believe that Ings should remain a Liverpool player next year, not be sold or go out on loan.
About to turn 25 in July, Ings is in his prime and still has a few good years left of football in him. I believe that people doubting him only stems from the fact that they have not seen enough of him.
Having only made six appearances in two seasons, this does not surprise me. I would love to see Ings in a Liverpool shirt next season and I believe that he should not be forgotten as he still has a role to play in Klopp’s squad.