As Deadline Day approaches, the question of whether Danny Ings has a future at Liverpool seemed to be a reasonable one to ask. Despite Jürgen Klopp’s reassurances that—unlike fellow reserve strikers Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli—Ings was part of his plans going forward, it always seemed as if a sizable bid could perhaps make the boss rethink that position.
Today, ESPN are reporting that “sources” indicate strong interest from at least eight Premier League clubs in both temporary and permanent moves away from Anfield for Ings. We know from yesterday’s news that one of those clubs attempting to bring in Ings was Sunderland, whose loan bid failed to impress Liverpool management.
One unnamed club was apparently willing to bid in excess of £20 million for the former Burnley man. That’s a lot of cheddar, even in a market where Jordon Ibe sells for £15 million. It’s an especially impressive bid considering Ings came to Liverpool for only £8 million (after the compensation tribunal finally got around to making the decision in April) and the striker spent most of the season sidelined after a devastating ACL tear.
Although Ings participated in many of the preseason fixtures, he has yet to feature for the Reds this season, only making one matchday squad so far, appearing on the bench during the 5-0 League Cup victory over Burton Albion.
A great deal can happen on Deadline Day, but Liverpool’s actions thus far indicate that Danny Ings will continue plying his trade at Anfield this season.