Nearly a year after he signed for the club, Liverpool today learned that they would have to pay Burnley £6.5M plus a potential of £1.5M in add-ons based on the player reaching certain appearance and performance-related benchmarks.
The fee will see Liverpool pay out more than the £6M they offered Burnley last summer, but it comes in rather short of the £11M Ings’ former club had hoped to receive after Tottenham made an offer for the 23-year-old striker shortly before he completed his move to Liverpool.
It also falls short of the hoped-for record-setting arbitration award Burnley were seeking. While the £6.5M Liverpool will pay up front is a new high, besting the £3.5M Manchester City received up front when Daniel Sturridge moved to Chelsea, the total fee will be lower.
At the end of the day, in Sturridge's case, Chelsea had to pay out £8.3M of a potential maximum £9M when taking add-ons into account. For Liverpool, on the other hand, the potential maximum they would end up paying for Ings if all of his add-ons are triggered is £8M.
Given Sturridge’s move from City to Chelsea took place seven years ago and there has been significant transfer inflation since due to the influx of television money into the Premier League, in terms of real club spending power, Ings fee is significantly lower.
Ings made a bright start to life at Anfield before tearing his ACL in his first training session under new manager Jürgen Klopp. Before the injury, he had looked lively when leading the line and scored three goals in eight appearances for his new club.