Liverpool have got to find themselves another Danny Ings. The Reds badly need that type of player and they need it fast.
It’s frustrating to watch Danny Ings from a Liverpool perspective. And not only because he scored the winner on Monday.
He’s thriving at Southampton, something that hurts to see but was always a possibility. The Saints paid £20m for a reason – the talent was there, fitness the only issue.
And the talent is very much there for all to see. Ings scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season and has seven in 13 this campaign.
He’s exactly the kind of player who Liverpool want, too. Ings is direct, energetic, fast, and a great finisher. The 28-year-old is pretty much what we wish Divock Origi was.
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And that’s the frustrating part here as we watch Liverpool leave the Belgian on the bench game after game. Ings could have had that backup role.
A player like Ings in that role is exactly what Liverpool need. And we can’t emphasise the ‘exactly’ enough.
They have Diogo Jota as a squad threat but as his injury proves, he’s not enough on his own. Besides, Jota’s ability comes in his versatility. We’re talking about a pure goal threat.
We want someone who can enter a game and immediately start running at a defence. Someone who is deliberately looking for one-touch, one-goal and taking up goalscoring positions.
And someone who, importantly, fits the backup role. We’d love Liverpool to sign Erling Haaland, for instance, but he’s different – signing him necessitates a complete change-around up top.
Ings was the prototype squad forward, though. Signed for next to nothing, young enough to develop, but not quite at the level to lead the line for a top team and is comfortable as a squad player.
He’s there as a puzzle piece, used as a goal threat when Liverpool need one or because they want to change plans.
That player must exist out there and he can’t be very expensive. But it’s exactly what Liverpool need right now as they struggle for goals.
Someone ready to explode off the bench, signed for a nominal fee.
That player was Danny Ings but we’re not getting him back. Liverpool must find the next one.