Over the past few weeks, there have been a flurry of reports linking Liverpool’s two fringe strikers with January loan moves, and it seems a safe bet that one of Danny Ings or Daniel Sturridge will head off before the transfer window closes—though it’s hard to imagine both leaving.
Which one it will be who does depart and where he ends up is the real question, and the Northern Echo today claim Newcastle have lodged a formal loan offer for Ings—though they are far from certain Liverpool will accept it. Still, it’s the first solid report of an actual bid for either player.
Ings has recently been worked back into the matchday rotation by Jürgen Klopp and, with Daniel Sturridge sidelined with an unspecified muscle injury set to keep him out for an indeterminate length, it’s likely Liverpool won’t be sending Ings out on loan straight away.
Klopp will want at least three fit strikers at the club—even with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané both capable of filling in up top in an emergency—and so while Sturridge is out injured, Ings is unlikely to leave. If he’s in Klopp’s long-term plans, though, a loan could be valuable.
Keeping Sturridge at the club as an emergency option until the summer while letting Ings head out would help him to get back to match fitness and hopefully get his career back on track before he returned to the club in the summer, and a Newcastle loan would seem to benefit all parties.