11 May 2015

Done Deal: 'Fantastic' £5m goalscorer to reject M.Utd and sign for Liverpool

In the most underwhelming Liverpool transfer news of the season, LFC have reportedly won the race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings, who has allegedly rejected a move to Old Trafford in favour of signing-on at Anfield.

According to The Mirror today:

* Ings 'will join Liverpool' at the end of the season.

* Ings has allegedly 'chosen' Liverpool over Man City, Man United, and Real Sociedad.

* The Reds will pay up to £5m for the striker.

Ings will (hopefully) be an upgrade on Fabio Borini, but this transfer leaves to cold for the following reasons:

* Ings seemingly doesn't appear to have the mental toughness required. In January, Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted that transfer speculation had 'affected' him, and it clearly has because the 22-year old has contributed only one goal (no assists) in the last three months.

* Ings has scored only 10 Premier League goals all season, which is hardly impressive.

* Liverpool are currently linked with QPR's Charlie Austin, and with 17 league goals in 34 games, he is arguably the better option.

* Looking at their respective goal records (Ings' 10 vs. Austin's 17), why is Rodgers going for Ings?

* Austin is also the subject of regular transfer speculation, but it hasn't affected his ability to score goals for QPR, which suggests that is mentally tough enough to deal with the pressure of playing for a top Premier League club.

* To me, it seems like Ings mentally checked out when he discovered that a move to a bigger club was on the agenda.

Is this a deal that is going to push the Reds to the next level? No chance.

I don't get all the fuss about Ings; what is it that Rodgers sees in the guy that makes him a (seemingly) priority transfer target?

Jamie Carragher, John Aldridge, and Jamie Redknapp are all in favour of the deal, though.

* In a recent column for the Liverpool Daily Post Aldo enthused: "Ings has got great potential...and won't be regarded as much of a gamble. He knows where the goal is and he will improve".

* Carra claims that Ings is a better fit for Liverpool than Saido Berahino: "If I was Liverpool I'd be trying to sign Danny Ings. With Ings, you hear him speak, he says: 'Let your football do the talking.'"

* Redknapp is convinced that Ings is 'destined for bigger things'. Last month, he told the Daily Mail: “He [Ings] is a fantastic young player. He has the work-rate, technique and the temperament to became a top player"

There's a huge difference between playing for Burnley and dealing with the pressure and expectation of playing for Liverpool, and I'm not optimistic about Ings' ability to regularly score goals for the club next season.

Ings has allegedly rejected Man United for Liverpool, but I doubt Louis Van Gaal is losing any sleep over that. After all, he has Memphis Depay, who snubbed a move to Anfield in favour of Old Trafford.

Ings or Depay? No contest.

Of course, I hope I'm proven wrong about Ings next season...

Author: Jaimie K




105 comments:

  1. Austins better than Ings... That's all I can contribute to this story. Also we need lacazette or somebody of that ilk.

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  2. Absolutely. But I want to ask whether we will indeed stop looking for these bargain basement players and splash a proper amount on a top player.
    Just read that Ayre did speak to PSV, but it seems no agreement was reached. Why, when both Utd and PSG agreed terms?

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  3. As a backup..I would like us to sign Demba Ba.

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  4. Nicolas Chamberlain12:07 am, May 12, 2015

    Football decisions shouldn't be based on one good season.
    These statistics mean nothing. Remember Michu?
    We shouldn't buy Ings or Austin. Both are definite upgrade on Borini but both aren't good enough to bring us to another level.
    Maybe Rodgers should leave... This is just embarrassing.

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  5. As our 3rd or 4th striker he may not be a bad signing. But even with Ings and Origi coming in we still need a top centre forward to finally replace Suarez. Neither of those two can do that.

    I dont understand why we still waste transfer fees and wages on squad players who we dont play or get 5-10 games a year and barely contribute. Why havent we learned to keep that cash and put it toward top end players whose quality make a difference. Surely its better to pay a player like sanchez an extra 100k a week to contribute hugely than pay the likes of lambert and borini 50k per week each to play in the carling cup.

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  6. This expectation comes mostly from unrealistic fans assuming all LFC players should be the next coming, rather than good solid players with plenty of room for growth.... He is after all, still only a kid at the start of his career...... Writing articles stating how poor you think he is, and why LFC should be signing someone else really helps build that confidence we all hope for in our new and old players.... Charlie Austin is older, so it would be reasonable to expect a better goal scoring record from him.... I doubt LVG is losing sleep over his snubbecause he has Depay is not even relavent, Diffferent players for different roles.... I would bet had Ings been playing in Eredivisie with PSV, he would have scored as many goals as Depay, but instead, he plys his trade in a league that is excepted to be the hardest in world club football... But we'll gloss over that fact because it doesn't suit the purpose of thearticle, whuch obviously is designed to pour more derision on Brendan and the clubs signings....

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  7. Neither of those should even be expected too.... Suarez hit his peak at LFC as a 26 year old... Origi and Ings are significantly younger, and just starting out.... Unlike Suarez when he was at LFC.... We need to get passed this whole idea that any new signing is a replacement model, because thats not the case... They are just new signings brought in to do a job.... Lets let them do that without Suarez comparisons.

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  8. Now you are talking about back up... If Ings isn't LFC grade, then neither is Ba.

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  9. Here's a story for you all.... Sterling has put his up for sale, and is currently house hunting in London....According to the Mail.

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  10. voice of reason1:03 am, May 12, 2015

    BR OUT!!!!! what are we doing now is championship players our target objectives well hey back to mediocrity we go

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  11. How do you know Depay rejected a move to Liverpool? Van Gaal said that the competition was from PSG. That fits with the suggestion that Liverpool withdrew interest in Depay after learning about the severity of Sturridge's current injury problems in order to pursue a starting striker. Until he proves otherwise, Ings is a squad player.

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  12. I made just that fatal mistake at the beginning of this season - thinking we'd bought/we were gong to buy/should have bought someone to 'replace' suarez........


    ...That is just childish and futile now looking back.... the guy took a while getting going and when he eventually did with the help of famous 'kingmakers' our beloved club LFC he bacame the best striker in the world............


    ...how the f*** does one propose we replace that with £2.50 when we had a whole squad to pack out....?


    ...and as I've been summarily reminded by the cool-headed on here, LFC have perenially bought low and made good potentially world class players - it really is in the DNA.......


    ..so ings is young and what's to say he won't become another alan shearer....imagine if we had the next one of him.... I doubt anyone would complain he didn't end his name with european tilt.....


    ..the only issue is I hope he Does come...cos he's either free or out of contract with £5 mill to pay...it really is a no brainer and also he'll be on pitance wages to start.....

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  13. Stan Dinaround1:24 am, May 12, 2015

    The dream of Alan Shearer lining up in red... Almost as erotic as the vidoes we(I) like... It's true though, managers change, players come and go, but the one thing that remains, is LFC's ability to turn potential into world class.... From Kenny, Rush Owen, Fowler, onto Xabi, Mascherano, and onto Torres Gerrard and more recently Suarez.... Hell, Coutinho is well on his way....

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  14. Stan Dinaround1:29 am, May 12, 2015

    That makes 5 and 6 if you add Sinclair to the list... But it sure beats this seasons poor offerings...

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  15. Stan Dinaround1:31 am, May 12, 2015

    Converstaion out of the question these days? or is it just anti Brendan rhetoric till the new season starts....

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  16. Depay snubbed PSG to go to the Mancs, "as he stated in his interview"
    I watched the video where he said he chose Man U over PSG, LFC where never in the picture. But he stated he was very close to signing for PSG, so lets get those things straight, if LFC were in for Depay, they would have been at the most 3rd choice. No point printing lies.

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  17. After Depay, the top scorer in the Eredivisie is De Jong with 19 goals,
    who played for Newcastle and FAILED TO SCORE EVEN ONE GOAL in 17 games.

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  18. He did not reject a move to LFC, PSG was his chosen destination, until the last minute, then he went to the Mancs, dont believe all you read here.

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  19. him and Origi stepping uP while Daniel out? Might not be a bad idea..

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  20. Which means he did reject Liverpool. They were always after him.

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  21. I really have not seen enough of INGS to make a reliable comment, but for the same money as Lambert, he is worth a gamble.

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  22. So were another 100 clubs with no realistic chance of getting him.

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  23. I like Ings. He'll be a good #2. We still need a reliable #1. DS is a #1 but he's not reliable.

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  24. Me either, but as you say worth agamble. I woul like a 30 mill striker along with two of them, but I think top 4 is achievable with Daniel playing 25 EPL games and others including Ings filling in for the rest..

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  25. Agreed,
    I was at the Villa game last weekend, my Brother in Law got tickets, and that young Grealish guy is some player, would love him at LFC, a young SG if I ever saw one.

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  26. You don't seem real 'reasonable' to me. We had no striker this year. Our leading scorer is a 34 year old MF who didn't have the legs to start every match. Yet we are still 5th. Can you imagine where we would have ended up with 20+ goals from Studge? DS' s glass legs are not BR' s fault. There are two Championship strikers I would take tomorrow...no questions asked: Gestede and Rhodes.

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  27. voice of reason2:23 am, May 12, 2015

    we can conversate... its not an issue... so in your opinion is this signing a reasonable one when... we have young strikers like yessil and sinclair who are (or will be) more capable and in the long run make more sense to use as a backup striker than this unneccessary potential signing

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  28. voice of reason2:27 am, May 12, 2015

    fair point to u and if that was the problem there was the january window to correct the issue... get a new striker or recall origi... however BR took neither option and we are where we are today due to the lack of decisions taken by BR... it is unfortunate sturridge got injured but thats like telling my employer well my car has a flat tire so i will be coming to work late consecutively even though i have funds to replace it... i am asking to get fired... come on guys this is the real world not a video game

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  29. Ings has had more than one good season.

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  30. 'Of course, I hope I'm proven wrong ...' Are you sure Jaimie ;)

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  31. Ing who? insurance?

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  32. I can agree with the January issue but that may not be BR' s fault. If FSG says there's money, then there's no money.

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  33. voice of reason2:47 am, May 12, 2015

    true u do have a valid point as theres no telling that FSG maybe blocked a transfer for BR in the january.... it can be very true..... just urgh this season has been appalling and something needs to change heads need to roll else we may regress and this time it may be long before we make a comeback

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  34. ....sorry...? what erotic videos...? what could you possibly mean........:3)


    ...hear, hear to the rest....or the bits i can safely admit to anyway......

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  35. The lad is coming in on a "free," when normally we're forking out 15-20m for this type of "PL proven talent," so I can't complain too much. Hope this sates BRs need for crap PL players, and the rest of our signings are quality talent from the continent. That or we sack him. IMO, Austin is Ricky Lambert-Light, and isn't worth QPRs asking price.

    Still, Ings and Origi wont be enough, a #1 striker is def needed. Who? That is the real question...Lacazette, Aubameyang, Icardi...likely pipe dreams. Maybe that Vietto kid from Villarreal.

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  36. 17 goals in 24 games is worse than 10 in 35?

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  37. Sigh, more English mediocrity being signed. If we plan to have him on our starting line up there goes the 15/16 season. If we have Origi coming in why do we bother spending on someone with a below average goal scoring record?

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  38. Because, sorry for being uncivil here, Ian Ayre is a fucking idiot. Simply said.

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  39. ''We need to get passed this whole idea that any new signing is a replacement model''


    Yes and no. Players like Balotelli had to live with the fact that they were brought in to replicate Suarez's stupidly good goal scoring record. I don't blame Balo 100% for what has happened this season, and he shouldn't leave us.


    I blame the transfer committee. Signings SHOULD be a replacement model, as Costa was for Chelsea, Sanchez for Arsenal. They needed to replace goal scorers. And that's what they did.


    Meanwhile, the buffoons who handle money at LFC are thinking that Ings and Origi are going to fix the problem? Nope. Lose lose situation. Not only do we screw up our season, we screw up the careers of these players by putting them under such high pressure.

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  40. This is more or less a show of ambition and capacity of BR and the transfer committee. They have been targeting English players almost every season. I won't be surprise if Charlie Austin, James Milner and the Southampton duo, Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez, follow suit. Their scouting radar reads 'made in England'. If they go foreign, they will be after foreigners that has one good season or so in the EPL. But come to think of it, if they go foreign, really foreign, that will pose an even bigger risk for the club, e.g. 20 mil pounds on Lazar Markovic?!

    I just read that Chelsea signed a Brazilian youth international, Nathan, for 4.5 mil pounds. To me, this is almost certain a deal that will either give Chelsea a really good player or else at least net Chelsea a good profit in the future. Compare this kind of deals to our outlay of 20 mil pounds on Lazar Markovic, shortly after his one good season at Benfica. I'm no football expert in any sense and to me, this is simply ignorance and ineptness of a foreign scouting network at LFC. Having an English manager certainly doesn't help in any way or so.

    Just one more example to highlight our scouting problems. I guess most people out will agree that Glen Johnson is more of a liability than help for us in the past 2-3 seasons. Why can't BR and that whatsoever transfer committee identify that problem early and move for a really good replacement? I can see Newcastle brought in a 20-cap Dutch international in Daryl Janmaat, shortly after a good showing at the WC 14. In contrast, what did insipid BR and that sickening transfer committee do to address our right back issue? Brought in a 20-year old loanee from Atletico Madrid and hoping he will rightfully replace an established English international. As a result, all fans can all see it, still remember the loanee's name? Yes he is Javier Manquillo. So now what's the more likely scenarios for our right back issue? It is either LFC beg Glen Johnson (he claims to be looking for a new club to resurrect his career) to sign an extension or pay 25-30 mil pounds for Nathaniel Clyne. Happy days ahead!

    Back to the main point of addressing our pathetic attacking department. I really cannot see who's available to us that can offer at least half the impact of Luis Suarez. Notice the key words here is 'available to us'. We can joyfully mention Aubameyang, Lacazette, Higuain, or even Falcao. Not to sound sarcastic, but given the attractiveness of the city, the pay package we can offer, the lack of UCL and the charismatic leadership of BR and Ian Arye (have to mention our superhuman chief negotiator), possibilities of any of these established players coming to LFC is very much further than pipedreams. Yes we would rather pay 25 mil pounds for English Lallana, 20 mil pounds for leader Dejan Lovren and 20 mil pounds for wonderous Lazar Markovic. Decent salaries to established players, a strict no-no. Rationale behind, I don't know. We are really quite near top 4 actually, just two great strikers away. But for now we have to see what Danny Ings can do for us. Oh fans, don't fret, just read that LFC is also interested in WBA's wonderboy, Saido Berahino, available cheaply in excess of 20 mil pounds only.

    I can also see that a lot of supporters claiming that we do not have the financial muscles to wrestle with the present batch of 'big boys' in the league. Seems like the only way out is to sell the club to some rich Arabs or Russian oligarch. I feel really sorry for FSG. They are a really wonderful set of owners, as good as what LFC can get. They have the heart but not the foresight in appointing the right person in steering the club forward within their financial means. Based on no change of manager and that whatsoever transfer committee, my prediction for season 15-16, 5th is the best we can get, anything more, God blessed.

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  41. My friend, get ready to receive the golden tripartite striker force in Danny Ings, Saido Berahino and Charlie Austin.

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  42. I really hate to sound negative always. But to me even Benteke is a pipedream for LFC. for Lacazette, Aubameyang and Icardi, they should somehow rank a little further than pipe dreams.

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  43. Rejected Man city an Man U ha ha ha . I can tell you now the 2 Manchester clubs have no interest whatsoever in Signing Ings because he's not good enough . Good enough for us though by the looks of it . I well and truly hope Origi and ings don't end up being our main goal threat next season . We're in big trouble . We should be going for players like Lacazette and Aubameyang , the latter being my choice, both would be great but unrealistic . We do seem to like bringing most of our signings in from teams lower down in our league and reserve players of the better teams . We didn't get Depay because we were never in a million years going to offer the wages Man U did . Think from the players point of view that has no loyalty to either club . Man U with champs league , a Dutch player already in the team , top Dutch manager and offered him 150 grand a week . We offer him 90/100 grand a week with no champs league an inexperienced manager but a good coach . Man U here I come obviously

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  44. Yeah but Diana has been spotted riding two up with Elvis on Shergar according to the mail

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  45. Stan Dinaround8:58 am, May 12, 2015

    Thats not before a family of chinese jews moved in next door and started a mosque.

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  46. Stan Dinaround9:02 am, May 12, 2015

    The only people who believe that to be the case is us and the unrelenting bull of the media.... You can't replace the best striker in the world.. period.. Just like you can never replace what Gerrard means to LFC.... All you can do is buy new players and hope they fulfill their own potential.... expecting more is just plain unreasonable...

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  47. Stan Dinaround9:03 am, May 12, 2015

    For the top team in Turkey.... These comparisons are meaningless...

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  48. Stan Dinaround9:04 am, May 12, 2015

    Thats the story, and your sticking to it ay!

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  49. Stan Dinaround9:08 am, May 12, 2015

    Well, unlike Yesil and Sinclair, Ings has had a number of seasons played week in week out in a competitive environment, and scoring goals... He won promotion from the Championship with Burnley while being the top scorer... and performed well in a relegation battle from the PL, while Yesil has been on the physio table for the past 2 years, and Sinclair has only played in the youth systems..... That said, there will be plenty of opportunties for the two young uns to get game time with the Cups, and the Europa League.... I think Ings is a more reliable back up for this teams needs....

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  50. Stan Dinaround9:13 am, May 12, 2015

    Not to forget Jose Altidore, top goal scorer in Eredivisie, yet failed to score a single goal in both stints in the PL... I think he may have got 1 or 2 in the cups, but couldn't for sh1t in the league before being swapped for Defoe...

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  51. voice of reason9:25 am, May 12, 2015

    no matter how u twist it the deal makes no sense this is like iago aspas all over again idk what BR is thinking he's dragging my club through the muck... james milner and now danny igns watch out BPL liverpool is back

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  52. Poor kid can probably barely afford more than seven mansions with the pittance he receives.

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  53. Grealish is a good shout. Proper footballer.

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  54. Very True. Its so underwhelming to say the least. I just read Sterling's put his house on the market.

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  55. Shankha Chaudhuri10:13 am, May 12, 2015

    Squandered?? or perhaps Ian Ayre is doing his job perfectly well as John Henry wants him to....
    Negotiate (to show the fans that they're trying) & procrastinate (wait for other clubs to come in and sign the player, so that the fans know they tried but failed). Ultimately sell your best players and buy some garbage on the cheap, sometimes on moderate transfer fees, but on low salaries. And then you have the excuse of FFP for not buying the elite players.

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  56. A player given the option of Liverpool or United will ALWAYS choose United. Simple

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  57. Mr. Point Of View10:22 am, May 12, 2015

    Please think twice mr. Ings. There are ton of player being ruined by this mgr ! Regular starter is what you looking for ! Your next step is looking a club that will help you be national player not become a professional bench warmer.

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  58. I like him too, buuuut I'd want to see him for another season or two. There's talk about him having discipline problems off the field, he doesn't look the fittest young man I've ever seen, and his game is somewhat immature. But he has a magical touch. One to watch for sure.

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  59. The anglophobia is strong in this thread.

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  60. Agreed Rodgers must leave first, when we are signing players like ings do you expect someone like lacazette to join us? No chance, he would rather stay where he is if there's no other interested clubs

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  61. I've seen a lot of him. I've followed him for the last three seasons, mainly because I follow England youth football quite closely and he's one of the better players in a very exciting pool of English talent at U21 level.

    He's pretty much as good as Sturridge was at the same age. He's knackered at this point in the season, as he's still a young'un and has put in a hell of a shift. But he's got real sparkle in his touch. Some of his ideas are very original -- the stuff he pulls off is ridiculous. I think he's going to be a massive success if he signs.

    His game is basically Suarez-lite. He's of the same type as Suarez, makes similar runs, and likes to compete in the same areas. Loves a bit of argy-bargy as well. I don't know if he has a similar taste for red meat, though, it's too soon to say. Of course he is two or three levels of quality below Luis, but then, so is every other striker on the planet. Yeah, good player.

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  62. Your knowledge of football is embarrassing.

    The notion that the big clubs are interested in Ings because of "one good season" is ridiculous. He's been being watched by top club scouts since 2011 at least, and that's a fact.

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  63. And there it is.. "my club" it's not your club...it's our club....Call yourself voice of reason, but I hear no reason...

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  64. Makes sense if we still sign a number one striker. Sturridge can't be that unfortunately so we need that first choice player, but it means ridding ourselves of Balo, Lambert and Broini. That could be as hard as getting that first choice goal scorer.

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  65. Austin is more a fox in the box. Inks gets about the pitch more.

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  66. Then spend the same money on a lesser player? Doesn't stand up as a theory that one.

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  67. I'm fine with having a young, English striker at the club but since we should be shipping out at least Balotelli and Borini this year and should only rely on Sturridge to play anywhere between 15 and 20 games next season, just Ings isn't nearly enough. So we do need either one big Higuain type signing on top of it or two Vietto type signings. The sad thing is, you just know that won't happen.

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  68. You can't put too many eggs in one basket. Not with Europe too. One or too injuries and your playing academy kids who have potential but are not yet at the quality of those squad players. I think the ides with Inks is buy cheap and flip him in a season or so.

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  69. This shows why fsg should pay Brendan whatever it takes to get him out (and quickly ). He is obsessed with signing Below average British players at every given opportunity. I'm just sick of this fenway sports group, they are just sitting back and watching...,in all seriousness whoever that regarded spending 20M on Balotelli as a good idea shouldn't be at the club now

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  70. But Suarez, Bony and Pelle to a lesser extent have been top.goal scorers in the Dutch h league. Tadic had most assists. Those last three names would have helped us pick up more points than we did this.season and thus could be in fourth. Suarez obviously is Suarez. There are no sure things either way.

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  71. According to the Mail. The most important part of that story.

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  72. For future reference it's converse and idk usually stands for in the know. Just to stop confusion.

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  73. I'm sure Andy Carroll was scouted for years too by various clubs, but that didn't make a difference to his scoring record at LFC.

    Ings has 10 league goals this season, and only one since February. That's not good enough (IMO).

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  74. We.made no offer apparently although Are did have talks.

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  75. Still better than any of our players and we create more chances.agreed we need a better first choice but he is still an upgrade on what we have. He gets in the box and everything.

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  76. No British players has ever been good ever.

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  77. When you read the actual piece, it says Sterling is PREPARING to put his house on the market, or SET TO or TAKING THE FIRST STEPS... then it goes on to say he hasn't actually instructed or consulted agents.
    So exactly HOW do they know this then? Raheem rang them and said he's thinking of going to an estate agent perhaps?
    He may end up leaving. But by now it's turned into definitely selling all in a few hours ,like Chinese whispers. BS.

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  78. And can't ever conceivably be good in the future.

    Meanwhile [insert name of favourite player who shares my own nationality] is the best player who ever lived and is a lifelong Liverpool fan just like everyone else in [insert name of country here].

    Obviously there's a positive side to all that, but I do get a bit fed up of them running down our players and football culture, as though Liverpool were just the abstract brand name of some free-floating idea about success. Rather than an actual place in the world, where actual people live. Well, "actual people" might be pushing it, but you take my point :)

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  79. 10 league goals for a 22 year old in his debut premier league season, for a relegated club as well, is really very good.

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  80. I have heard that his house has already been sold to someone called Klopp

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  81. Let's hope he doesn't repeat that next year for us;-)

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  82. Yes 95% of these articles are creative. I read he sold his soul in part of it... For the most part I didn't think he'd leave as he would be stupid to but I wouldn't be surprised if he jumps ship.

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  83. AS if scum would want Ings, as if any top6 side would! where's the clubs ambition?! we're being run into obscurity

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  84. Danny Inks! Sehr gut!

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  85. voice of reason2:18 pm, May 12, 2015

    ??? ok then our club... i fail to see how that makes my point less credible though but well danny ings he'll take LFC to the top of the league i guess thats what u believe

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  86. voice of reason2:20 pm, May 12, 2015

    thats who we need to be targeting players like lacazette, sami khediera, antoine greizman not danny ings.... u dont see chelsea, arsenal or man utd going after these kind of players in fact there fans would be in uproar if they did but it seems most of our fans are willing to stick there heads in the dirt and just have blind faith in whatever vision BR has for the club

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  87. I think it's important to remember FSG's experience in sports management. In baseball it's quite possible to buy young and develop players, in fact, it's quite preferable given the limited pool of labor. Signing players is very expensive and inefficient and FSG was burned badly by following this process. There is little disincentive to losing, as a "rebuilding" season can mean success later on, so hedging your bets on building your own team on the cheap and signing a couple of players is the most efficient way to win and financially lucrative.


    However, football is another matter. There is a huge pool of labor (across many leagues) that the top teams can constantly mine and pay for which they frequently do. No top team goes through "rebuilding" years. Manchester United has been a basket case the past two years but they wouldn't dare call it a "rebuilding" phase. They papered over the cracks by signing top talent that can make up for the shortcomings of their younger players because they know to win you need world class talent and world class talent does not go to a "rebuilding" team or one that has strayed away from the Champions League for the better part of a decade.


    Roger's signings are all "prospects" players that have the potential to become world class and be monetized, like throwing spaghetti at a wall and hoping it sticks. This may work great for Shaktar Donesk (and I mean no disrespect they punch well above their weight) but when you are up against Chelsea, Manu, Manchester City and Arsenal (to name a few) who are all spending and building with world class talent it is utter madness to take a "wait and see" approach as you'll find yourself in the wilderness when it comes time to sign the talent that it takes to take you over the top.

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  88. Jules Winnfield2:31 pm, May 12, 2015

    The question I'd be asking now that Depay opted for Man Utd is are Liverpool going in for Lacazette? If as rumoured Chelsea are now interested, what do Liverpool intend to do about that? We can't compete with Chelsea on wages, or Champions League football. The only thing we could guarantee is the opportunity to be top dog in a team that will challenge for honours next season. Whether that's enough, who's to say? Ings is definitely an upgrade on Borini though, no doubt in my mind about that. Borini should be a goner at the end of the season but I think he will do the same as he did last season and stay to get the wages unfortunately.

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  89. Can't imagine there is an actual 'race' for his signature!

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  90. Ings has a much better chance of playing consistently for LFC than for any of the other teams supposedly interested in him.


    It's a smart personal move for his own development.


    But I echo JK's thoughts that he hasn't exactly put his team on his shoulders and carried them to the finish line this season. More like limp along.

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  91. Lest you forget that FSG saved LFC from administration, and that FSG has been managing the finances much more carefully to ensure that the club is in good standing.


    We've misspent the money, but I don't blame the owners for that. Their job is to ultimately make the money available.


    Rodgers and the mysterious transfer committee have messed up the spending.

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  92. Stan Dinaround2:47 pm, May 12, 2015

    Because everybody thought the same of Benteke 12 games ago, or Harry Kane at the start of the season... You just don't know what is around the corner, so writing off his chances before he has even confirmed he is going to take them, is in my point of view, being completely negative just because....

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  93. Well, he came from QPR, right? So, I guess his roots are there.

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  94. For the price and the fact that he'd suit our main style of play, it is a good signing. The only area I disagree with you is that he'd have to be at best our #4.


    My personal guess is Borini finally agrees to leave this summer. Balotelli stays (because we won't want to take a loss of profit). And I could see Lambert leaving (though I'd also venture to guess he stays).


    Sturridge, another striker, Origi, Ings, Balotelli, Lambert



    Lambert was a good signing last year in terms of intention as he was going to offer us the ability to change up a style of attack. Unfortunately, it didn't work out this season for a host of reasons.

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  95. Aye, but Rodgers bought all our strikers.

    If one of Lambert, Crapotelli, Borini or Aspas had turned out to be anything more than a total waste of money and effort, we wouldn't have suffered so much,



    Agree with you 1 million per cent about Gestede.

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  96. Higuain would be an excellent signing in my opinion.


    But for his age, we should not pay more than 20m for him. (I think his release clause is 30m).

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  97. "In the most underwhelming Liverpool transfer news of the season"


    Lol.


    As for him allegedly rejecting Old Toilet?


    As if.


    They signed Depay, elminating the need for any further signings of unheralded/unproven (at the top level) players.

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  98. Turns out Liverpool were in for Depay. PSV director Brands has specifically mentioned that he had contact with Ian Ayre. He also mentions something in the lines of 'Sturridge had some problem with this'. Rodgers apparently had no idea of the deal. And Brands indirectly insists that Liverpool were slow in their negotiations (Story of the past 3 seasons).

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  99. Ings and Depay play in different positions so you can't compare the two. For me Ings is a low risk buy better similar to the Lambert signing last year but of course with lot more potential due to his age. I haven't seen enough of him to judge but this is his chance to shine if he gets a few early goals the fans will love him, over the years I seen that happpen with Fowler Owen Torres and Suarez. As for his goal scoring record I always remember Shearer having a 1-3 record at Southampton before moving to Blackburn and then we all knew what happened after that. Another player I saw that made a huge leap in goalscoring form was Frank Lampard...So leaps hope Ings can step up to the mantle.

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  100. Stan Dinaround3:07 pm, May 12, 2015

    Absolutely, I just hope this isn't a wasted effort on his part that ends up leaving the dressing room divided.... I don't know I'd want to share the dressing room with a player actively trying to force his way out of the club, especially if it's percieved he see's himself above the others..... Just a thought, not a suggestion of actual events...Hopefully it's nothing more than Chav supporting news reporting trying to rock the boat....

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  101. Unless mystic Meg is to get involved it's hard to say much at the moment but in isolation, for me, Ings makes a lot of sense.

    Providing the quoted prices are correct then we are getting a hard working young player who fits our style of play and with the amount of chances we create should get us 15ish goals a season, possibly more. You could compare him to Borini and yes that hasn't worked out but it could of done and doesn't mean you should stop trying. A balance of proven, and potential, is what we need.

    Not the star player that people are salivating for at the moment granted, but if we had already signed Lacazette and/or Aubameyang then I think the mood would be quite different. Why deny ourselves the optimism that this may still come to fruition... technically the window isn't even open yet.

    Obviously choosing us ahead of Barcelona and Real as well as dropping his goal output to help keep his price in check shows great commitment to the cause.

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  102. Yes I agree. Personally I don't want either but for conversation sake Austin has a great eye for goal for me although he would need more mobility to play for LFC.

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  103. He's sticking to something!

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