Now that Danny Ings has been announced by the club officially, he has been able to share some of his thoughts on his move to Liverpool. Listening to him speak and reading interviews with the player, it's clear that he has a sensible approach to the game. He wants to work hard, unburden himself of unnecessary pressure, push himself as far as he can, and also learn from those around him who have valuable experience to pass on.
Fortunately, the former Burnley striker thinks Daniel Sturridge can be someone who he can link up with and learn from. The number 15 may be prone to injuries, but 35 goals in 55 league games or 40 in 66 competitive matches in a Liverpool shirt is serious work. His career non-penalty goal record is comparable to some of the best strikers in world football. Sturridge's attitude has been virtually exemplary since moving to Liverpool, and he has been a good character to have in the squad. It was only natural for Ings to talk up the talents of Sturridge.
"He's an unbelievable striker," said Ings in praise of one of the Premier League's elite strikers. "He is one of those players who has come through the ranks, he has not had it easy. Now he's here and he's established; he's a fantastic, talented football player I can learn from."
Ings could do with sharpening his movement and turns 23 later this month, so coming into contact with Sturridge may benefit him in that area. Sturridge's attacking movement is extremely sharp, and working in close proximity with the England international will aid Ings' chances of success at domestic and international level. Sturridge will have to regain his fitness first, but former Liverpool defender Rob Jones thinks Sturridge will "set Liverpool alight" on his return from injury, which will delight fans who are worried about his ability and availability to continue scoring at the rate that he has up till now.
Even if Liverpool sign a striker of considerable talent and reputation, the two Daniels at the club will have a big role to play in 2015/16. Brendan Rodgers will rely on all of them to help the club score the goals needed to right the wrongs of last season.