The last week or so has seen Crystal Palace being linked with a move for Liverpool striker Danny Ings and now, according to a report in The Mirror, (I know) the Eagles are ahead of Burnley in the race to land the 25-year-old.
Ings moved to Anfield with hopes of establishing himself as a regular starter at one of England’s biggest clubs but after two major injuries in three years, the frontman has found first-team opportunities extremely hard to come by, leading to him asking the Reds hierarchy to respect his wishes and allow him to move on this summer.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp is thought to be extremely reluctant to sanction a sale, he and his coaching staff know that Ings is nowhere close to jumping in front of Mane, Firmino or Salah in the pecking order; a fact which has forced them to accept his plea for an exit route.
Initially, it had looked as though Danny’s former club Burnley were throwing their hat into the ring but the latest reports suggest that Sean Dyche will instead move for recently relegated West Brom frontman Jay Rodriguez instead, clearing the way for Palace to make their move on Ings.
Admittedly, the Liverpool man’s injury record is a worry but any player that is desperate to swap Anfield for Selhurst Park in a bid to prove himself will be welcomed by me. If, as he no doubt hopes, his injury problems are behind him, he’s still young enough to have another five or six years at the top level, giving this deal the potential to be a major coup for us in the long-term.
Despite his lack of game-time under Klopp, I would suggest that the German’s reluctance to let him leave tells you a great deal about Ings’ application and attitude around the club. Tactically, he would represent an alternative to the stereotypical “big man” that we already have at the head of the side but more than that, he would come into the group with a burning desire to re-establish himself as a Premier League regular, which bodes well for Hodgson’s chances of bringing him back to his best.