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Not Sturridge – Liverpool Should Hold On To This English Attacker To Provide Squad Depth Next Season

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Danny Ings
Danny Ings

Why Liverpool Should Hold On To Danny Ings And Not Sell Him

The conundrum of Danny Ings will present itself to Jurgen Klopp once again at the start of the next season. It was another forgetful season for the Englishman, unfortunately, as he has been forced to watch the action from the sidelines once again.

Having spent most of the 2015/16 campaign on the treatment tables due to a cruciate ligament injury, Ings made a strong recovery and started off the 2016/17 pre-season on a strong note. He scored a few goals and looked match fit. But just in his second appearance of the season, he sustained another injury, that once again ruled out for the rest of the season.

It was a shame really, as Ings was tipped by manager Klopp to play an important role over the course of the season. But in just two EFL Cup appearances, he was once again ruled out of action. Two years after his move from Burnley, Ings has just 11 appearances for Liverpool and has scored 3 goals only.

So what next for Ings? Should Klopp give the 24-year old another shot next season? Or should Liverpool cut their losses and sell him? It was Brendan Rodgers who signed Ings and not Klopp, so does the German even have him in his plans?

Ings, before his move to Anfield, had scored 11 games in his debut Premier League season for Burnley from 35 games. At 21, he had shown he can perform at this stage and be a potent threat in front of goal. So, there is no doubt that he has the potential to contribute greatly to Liverpool once he is completely fit.

Moreover, the 24-year old offers something totally different up front, compared to the other options that Liverpool have in their ranks. Ings is someone who possesses decent pace and he likes to run in behind defenders, whereas the other attackers at Klopp’s disposal like to come to the ball. This ability to make those runs behind the opposition is something that will help Liverpool greatly, especially against the teams that are difficult to break down.

The fact that Liverpool could end up playing close to 60 games next season due to their European involvement means that they will need plenty of depth in their squad. The Reds suffered when Sadio Mane was unavailable during the early parts of this calendar year due to his involvement in the AFCON. And with Daniel Sturridge’s future at Anfield also far from certain, Ings can be that man who could provide Klopp with more options in the attack.

The Englishman has shown great character and grit to come back once from a serious injury last season and there is no doubt that he will be doing the same again to be fit for the pre-season. Ings is someone who can fit in well in the Klopp scheme of things due to his work rate and energy and at 24 years of age, he still has a long way to go. As a result, he needs to be given another chance ahead of the next campaign to prove what he is really capable of.

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