With rumours circulating about the possible departures of both Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke, what emphasis is being placed on the return of Danny Ings for next season?
While Ings has had an unfortunate start to his Liverpool career, with a season-ending injury coming just five league games into his first season as a Red, one can’t help but feel that he will play a big part next season. Ings who scored twice in the league in just three starts, with another two appearances off the bench, looks to be the exact type of striker that would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
Only time will tell if Klopp decides to spend big money to bring in a recognisable goalscorer for next season should Benteke and Sturridge leave, but Ings will certainly target next season as the one in which he becomes the main man at Liverpool. His return will be as good as a new signing but pressure may be on him to hit the ground running next season.
There is obviously going to be new faces brought into Anfield in the summer and if both of Liverpool’s most decorated goalscorers leave, Klopp will have to strengthen in the forwards department. With the likes of Alvaro Morata (according to Tuttosport via the Daily Express) and River Plate striker Lucas Alario (according to ESPNFC) being linked to the club, Ings will still face stiff competition for a starting place in Klopp’s side, which generally consists of one striker.
Ings will want to come back better however, and show just why the fans were excited by his signing last summer. With the Euros taking place during the summer Ings will surely look to regain his fitness and look to be the freshest option Liverpool will have coming into the 2016/17 season.
Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena