Manchester City want to sign Danny Ings, according to reports. Liverpool can’t let them simply do that – the player is their ultimate ‘win now’ option.
Sky Sports say Manchester City want Danny Ings. The Southampton forward is coming up on the final year of his deal and may be available for a cut-price fee.
The Saints want to keep the player and have had an offer on the table ‘for some time’. It appears Ings won’t sign it, however, meaning the club must sell him this summer to get a fee.
And for us, this is one Liverpool should ask about. They can’t let City simply get Ings – not when he’s such a good option for the Reds.
Ings has been a revelation since joining Southampton from Liverpool. After seven goals on loan there, he permanently moved south before last season.
He finished as second-top scorer in that campaign, bagging 22 goals in 28 games. And both figures should appeal.
Not only did Ings score plenty, he also put in a full season. That was something he never did with Liverpool, thanks to a series of awful injuries.
Ings has another eight goals this season and he continues to look like a top player. No wonder, then, that City want him.
But Liverpool supposedly want a forward, too. The Athletic says Jurgen Klopp prioritises one.
He doesn’t want a superstar, though, but a supplemental striker. Someone who can come in and offer something different without disrupting the current options.
Ings would do that, providing Divock Origi is off. Liverpool don’t have an out-and-out striker, after all.
Importantly, though, that priority tells us that Liverpool want to win trophies again next season. They’re not tearing the squad up and going into a rebuild – they want to add someone new to improve on this team.
They clearly believe this team can win immediately once players are back and there’s a new face or two.
Well, Ings is about as good a ‘win now’ option as you can get. He wouldn’t disrupt things, as we say, but he also knows the style inside out.
Liverpool have worked with him for years and can count on him adapting immediately. No one else in the world can offer that.
Now, Ings turns 29 this summer – he’s not a long-term investment at all. He’d also still be quite expensive, especially in a fight with City driving any price up.
But he’d also improve Liverpool next season in the exact ways they want. The Reds can’t just let City get Ings – they should at least see if they can make it work.