Over the last few years, Crystal Palace have picked up something of a habit when it comes to signing Liverpool players. Whether you look at Martin Kelly, Christian Benteke or Mamadou Sakho, it’s clear to see that Steve Parish and co. have an appreciation for the men in red and now, it looks as though the Eagles are being heavily linked with a move for Anfield frontman, Danny Ings.
The former Burnley striker made the switch to Merseyside back in the summer of 2015 but has managed a grand total of 25 appearances for them in the three years that have passed since; thanks in no small to a horrendous run of luck in relation to long-term injuries. Now, with the 26-year-old itching to play regular football whilst being confronted with the gargantuan task of displaying one of Salah, Firmino or Mane from the Reds’ starting XI, it looks as though he’s ready to move on, even though manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep hold of him ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
I can certainly see why Ings himself is desperate to wipe the slate clean and start again but with such a lack of regular game-time since his big move, it’s no surprise to find many partisan and impartial observers publicly questioning whether or not he’ll up to the task of playing Premier League football from week to week.
According to The Guardian’s report at the top of the page, Liverpool have set their asking price for Ings at a hefty £20 million, which in itself highlights how desperate Klopp is to hold onto him in case of injury to their current starting trio. That said, it’s worth considering that Ings has scored a grand total of 14 Premier League goals in his career and was allowed to leave Burnley for just £7.5 million prior to his well-documented injury nightmare at Anfield.
I dare say Roy Hodgson is confident of getting Danny firing if he does manage to remain fit and healthy throughout the upcoming season but with a sizeable transfer fee, it feels to me like a tremendous risk to take on our part, particularly when there are other positions (namely central midfield and out wide) that are in more pressing need of restocking.
We shall see how this one pans out over the next few days.