14 Oct 2015

Massive Bargain? Liverpool could pay '£10m' for 'terrific' international attacker who's outscoring Benteke.

After three goals in five games, 'terrific' Liverpool striker Danny Ings is the current flavour of the month amongst fans and ex-players, and according to Anfield legend Jamie Carragher, Ings' form is so good that 'awesome' £32m signing Christian Benteke may struggle to get back into the team. There is one drawback to Ings' good form though, and it looks like the Reds may be forced to shell out millions more than expected on the striker.

According to The Telegraph this week:

"Weeks before a tribunal sits to decide the full cost of his summer transfer, Roy Hodgson could push Liverpool’s bill for Danny Ings beyond £10m [after] handing the forward his England debut against Lithuania on Monday night".

Is Ings worth £10m? Talented British players often sell for grossly inflated transfer fees, so by comparison, Ings is arguably a bargain at that price.

Plus, if Ings ultimately fails at Anfield, the worst case scenario is that Liverpool will make their money back (or close to it), so the risk is minimal.

Ings' three goals in eight games makes him Liverpool's joint top scorer, along with Daniel Sturridge:

* 1 goal every 169 minutes (One every 2.6 games)

* Extrapolated across the season, if Ings continues at his current rate, he'll end the year with 15 goals (based on a 40-game season).

The big question is, what happens when Christian Benteke returns?

According to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, the Belgian should make way. Speaking to Sky Sports recently, Carra noted:

"He [Ings]...is pressing people, running behind, making the game quicker. The way Ings is playing, it will be difficult to get him [Benteke] in the team...when he comes back "

Benteke hasn't trained yet this week, which means it's highly unlikely that he'll be ready for Saturday's game with Spurs, but Ings also has little chance of making the starting XI.

If Klopp goes with a 4231, it seems inconceivable that he'll start Ings ahead of Sturridge, who, when fit, is undoubtedly Liverpool's most important player.

You never know, though - Ings has some of the same qualities as Klopp-favourite Robert Lewandowski (work ethic, defending from the front etc), and Klopp may feel he can turn Ings into a similarly effective goalscorer.

Author: Jaimie K


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