1 Sept 2016

Offers Made: 8 clubs tried to sign 'fantastic' £60k-a-week Liverpool attacker on deadline day

Divock Origi aside, every one of Liverpool's strikers has been subject to transfer speculation this summer. Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli ended up leaving the club; Daniel Sturridge was linked with a lat move to Arsenal, and new reports today suggest that Liverpool rejected offers for another of the club's attacking players.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Liverpool turned down a number of approaches for [Danny Ings] prior to the transfer window shutting with Klopp adamant he’s required for first-team duty".

ESPN further claims:

"A source told ESPN that Liverpool rejected interest from eight domestic rivals, who enquired about [Ings'] availability...but were told he'd be staying".

With the departures of Balotelli and Benteke, it makes sense to keep Ings, and Klopp seems to rate him. Indeed, last month, he raved:

"We're counting on Ingsy. He is a fantastic boy. He was injured since last year and he needed time. Now he's getting better and better."

Given Klopp's obvious antipathy towards Sturridge, it won't surprise me in the slightest to see Ings played ahead of Sturridge over the next few months. After all, Ings is the archetypal Klopp-style player: a willing runner, hassler, and presser, with more stamina and marathon running ability that actual game-changing creative ability at the highest level.

Compared to Sturridge, Ings is (IMO) a Sunday League goalscorer, and he'll never be the prolific striker Liverpool need to propel the club into the top four. Sturridge is that man, but Klopp has already proven that he'll cut his nose off to spite his face, even at the expense of results.

* Reportedly on £60k-a-week


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