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Liverpool getting £20m for English flop is absolute gold and the right move for all parties – opinion

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Liverpool’s decision to sell Ings is a brilliant one for all parties

Liverpool possibly have their strongest team in the Premier League era, thanks to the hard work of Jurgen Klopp and FSG.

The Reds have made some astute signings such as Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez in recent years, but have also spent big to get the best.

Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho have been excellent but Liverpool’s attack has been on another level.

Roberto Firmino is the unsung hero in the attack, so much so that the Reds had to sell players such as Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings. Ings didn’t have a great time during his spell at the club as he suffered from a serious injury just after Klopp had joined.

The Englishman joined Southampton from Liverpool at the start of the previous season, and the BBC claimed that the Saints paid £20m for the 27-year-old.

Liverpool pull off a great transfer

Ings was always one of the most hard-working players on the pitch even during his time at Burnley. He could have been perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style, however, Firmino has been incredible since his move from Hoffenheim.

Ings needed to play regular games and sending him on loan to Southampton with an option to buy him was the ideal scenario for all parties.

However, the amount paid for the striker is where Liverpool seem to have struck gold. The 27-year-old only had six Premier League starts in close to three seasons at Liverpool, due to injuries and the form shown by Firmino.

Roberto Firmino

The Englishman also scored three Premier League goals in 14 games for the Reds, which isn’t a great return. Ings might be a pressing machine but he doesn’t have the movement or game intelligence that Firmino brings to the table.

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His return at Southampton wasn’t great in the first season as he only bagged 7 goals from 24 Premier League games.

Verdict

Keeping the Englishman in the side would have only stunted his development and also that of the younger strikers coming through the ranks.

Injuries might have affected his development too, however, Liverpool did the right thing in selling the Englishman and pocketing some decent change from the move.