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Andros Townsend claims 'perfect' Danny Ings would start for Liverpool

Andros Townsend has said that Danny Ings was the ‘perfect player’ for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp prior to a long-term injury.

Ings, 28, scored the winning goal against his former club during a 1-0 victory over Liverpool with his current club side Southampton.

It was his second goal against the Reds since making his move from Anfield to St Mary’s permanent in 2019.

Having signed for Liverpool in 2015, Ings was limited to just 25 appearances over a three season period, as a result of numerous injury setbacks. He scored just four goals during his spell with the Reds.

Since his £20 million [BBC] move to Southampton, Ings has been reinvigorated. Currently in his third season with the club, the England international has already clocked up 81 appearances. In that period he has scored a whopping 41 goals and registered nine assists.

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His sustained brilliance for the Saints makes his time with the Reds all the more unfortunate. Injuries inevitably blighted his Anfield career and prohibited Ings from showcasing his true quality on Merseyside.

Townsend on Ings

Crystal Palace forward Townsend has credited his fellow countryman’s resolve and determination to once again, become one of the most feared strikers in the country.

“He was very unlucky, wasn’t he?” said Townsend, as per talkSPORT. “He got his big break and then not long after Klopp came in he got his big injury.

“I remember I was in the England squad with him, at the time and all the Liverpool players were saying ‘Ingsy, you are perfect for Klopp and the way he likes his players to work off the ball. You are going to be straight into that starting XI’.

“I think a week later, he done his knee, so he’s very unfortunate. But fair play to him. He has come back a few times, picked himself up and got himself going again. Hopefully, now he gets another chance.”

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What RTK has to say

Towsends’ comments certainly have validity. Had he not been plagued by so many injuries there is every likelihood Ings would have played a significant role in Liverpool’s recent success.

At 28, his current form would warrant a case to challenge Roberto Firmino for a place in Klopp’s starting XI, were he still a Liverpool player.

Still, Ings’ decision to leave Anfield has proven to be a beneficial one from his own perspective.

It’s just a crying shame we never got to see the best of Ings over a sustained period during his Liverpool tenure.

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