Speaking to reporters ahead of yesterday's Championship play off final against West Ham, Ince - who scored in the game but couldn't stop from losing the game 2-1 - said:
"Not many people would have taken a step away from Liverpool like I did this season. I could have stayed at Liverpool for three or four more years but felt the time was right to play in the real world. Reserve team football is nothing on first team football and that’s what I needed. Blackpool have given me that opportunity — and I’m loving it".
Ince has 16 goals and assists in 29 starts for Blackpool this season, which is a great return for a 20 year old, and if not for a cruel late goal in yesterday's play-off final, the youngster could've been playing against Liverpool in the Premier League next season.
Ince undoubtedly made the right decision to leave; if he'd stayed at Anfield, I doubt he would've been given many first team opportunities, especially with mega-flop Stewart Downing undeservedly hogging the left-wing spot all season.
It took some guts to leave a massive club like Liverpool, but the gamble has paid off, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few Premier League teams will be casting a covetous eye his way this summer, perhaps even...Liverpool?
Ince's goal against West Ham yesterday: