Liverpool will welcome home a familiar face when the Premier League leaders welcome Southampton to Anfield this afternoon.
Former Reds striker and PL hot-shot Danny Ings will make his long-awaited return to the home of the European champions for the first time since 2018.
Ings, 27, enjoyed a three-year spell on Merseyside after joining the club from Burnley in 2015 [BBC Sport]. The Englishman clocked up 25 appearances for the Reds scoring just three goals in that period. His time at the club was disrupted due to two major ACL injuries.
He recently completed a permanent £20m [BBC Sport] move to St Mary’s last summer following an initial year-long loan deal in 2018. The Southampton hitman has been in breathtaking form since his move and has racked up 16 goals in all competitions this season – 14 of them in the league.
It was recently detailed in an exclusive interview with Ings by the Daily Mail that the striker’s former manager Jurgen Klopp in-fact wanted to keep Ings at Liverpool before he sealed a move to the south-coast two years ago.
After speaking to the club’s official website on Friday, the German manager revealed that he’s excited by the prospect of reuniting with his former player, whom he described as ‘our boy’.
He said: “Everybody in this building is so happy about the situation of Danny. Even if he is not anymore, he is still ‘our boy’ kind of, and we all follow each step of his career.”
With the former Bournemouth powerhouse finally returning to the home of the Premier League champions-elect, many Liverpool supporters have reflected on Twitter regarding the bittersweet reunion with some fans adamant the club should have made a stronger effort in trying to keep Ings at Anfield.
Deserved first team football. Was never going to get with us. Genuinely pleased he’s done so well. p.s Hope he has a stinker tomorrow 👍
— ThomasJohn (@gtjd90) January 31, 2020
madness to sell him and keep origi
— Brett (@LFC__Brett) January 31, 2020
Shouldn't have let him go. But good move for him
— Ranulf Barman (@Randibarman) January 31, 2020
Twice the player Origi is. Should've kept Ings
— Decky LFC (@declanwhitaker) January 31, 2020
Is their an option to buy back in his contract James?
— GB (@George_Benna) January 31, 2020
I'm sure he will get a fantastic reception. Just so unlucky with injuries in his time with us.
— Gazzzzaaaa 🔴🏴 (@SwanyThaRed) January 31, 2020