Danny Ings made a surprise, late appearance in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, marking his first Premier League action in 19 months. The striker, who impressed at Burnley prior to his Anfield arrival, and impressed early in his Liverpool career, has been sidelined in consecutive seasons with knee injuries.
Ings, who is still just 25, needs more minutes than he has been afforded in this Liverpool side to return to his best (if such a thing is even possible after his injuries). This is where tonight’s opponent, West Bromwich Albion, come in. In the pre-match press conference, Alan Pardew admitted his interest in bringing the former Burnley man to The Hawthorns.
“I’d be foolish not to say I don’t like Danny Ings because I quite like him,” Pardew said, not at all foolishly. “It’s a shame about his injury – he’s had to battle back and everyone wishes him well.”
West Brom are one of several Premier League sides that have so far been linked to Ings, often as a loan move for the remainder of the season. However, Pardew, who only joined the club at the end of November, said he has yet to fully map out his January transfer plans with the management.
“I haven’t even looked at January this week because of the tight schedule of the games,” he said.
“But I have seen Nicky Hammond [technical director] to pencil in a meeting to talk about that this week so maybe on Friday I can give you a bit more of where we’re looking and what we’re looking at.”
A loan move away for Ings probably is the best for all involved. Though, it would not seem as if either West Brom, or Pardew’s typically dour brand of football, would be a good fit for player who could still have a future at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.