Liverpool could be in with a chance of re-signing Danny Ings this summer after he turned down an offer of a contract extension with Southampton.
According to The Athletic, Ings has turned down a new deal at the Saints as he wants to join a team competing at the top of the table.
The four-year offer would have seen him become the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
Now, the 28-year-old will either be sold this summer or released as a free agent in 2022.
Apparently, he is confident of securing a move to a Premier League big gun.
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He has scored 38 goals in 75 appearances for Southampton since joining from the Reds, so is likely to have numerous suitors.
So, could Liverpool be one of them?
Ings has unfinished business at Liverpool
Almost every Liverpool fan would have been sad to see Ings leave the Reds in 2018.
A series of serious injuries ruined his Anfield career.
While he could certainly have stayed at the club, considering Jurgen Klopp was a fan, but he wanted to be sure of first-team football.
Now that he is a proven Premier League goalscorer, he would possibly get that on Merseyside.
Roberto Firmino is not performing quite as well as he used to, so Ings could be an excellent option at centre-forward.
The issue is his age and injury record. Liverpool would be wrong to pay a huge fee for a 28-year-old that misses as much action as Ings does.
However, if he is available on the cheap this summer, then they should consider it.
Ings does all the pressing that Firmino does, but he is also a much better finisher.
If he was four years younger, we are sure that Michael Edwards would take a chance on him.
Perhaps he could be the perfect stop-gap before Liverpool sign Kylian Mbappe on a free next summer.
Too much to ask?