With all the regular talk of new signings there is often mention of us being in the market for a striker. But do we really need one? Although he is virtually the forgotten man at Anfield, do not write Danny Ings off. After his terrible injury woes over the last few years he is slowly but surely making his mark again. So, let’s all recognise the hard work he has put in. Well done Danny Ings.
Don’t forget, when we signed Danny Ings from Burnley he was a highly thought of and highly sought after striker. His goalscoring record at Burnley was quite impressive. He scored 38 times in 122 appearances. Bear in mind as well, he was often the lone front man in a team who were greatly recognised as a potent attacking outfit. No disrespect to Burnley for saying that. They play to their strengths and their strengths in recent years has been to work hard and ‘dig in’ as the saying goes.
While at Burnley, it wasn’t only Danny Ings’ goals that caught the eye. His work rate and link up play was vital in the way Burnley play. In a sense, he is an ideal fit to the way Jurgen Klopp likes to set his team up. A good touch, links up well, strong, aggressive, good in the air, great work ethic and scores goals as well. He ticks a lot, if not all boxes, Jurgen Klopp expects from his strikers.
Blighted By Injuries
Danny Ings had made a reasonably steady start to his Anfield career. He had already endeared himself to the Anfield faithful by scoring against Everton at Goodison.
You can see his Goodison goal here below…..
This game and this goal should have announced Danny Ings’ proper arrival at Anfield. As it happens, this game also signalled the end of Brendan Rodgers reign as Liverpool manager. Rodgers’ replacement, Jurgen Klopp, would surely no doubt see that his style was ideally suited to the way he likes his forwards to play.
Sadly though, on 15 October 2015, in his first training session under Klopp, Ings suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The first “well done Danny Ings” tribute was due before the season end. Through a lot of hard work and determination, Ings returned sooner than anticipated. So much so, he made a substitute appearance in the final match of the 2015/16 season, a 1–1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion.
Another Terrible Knee Injury
A fully fit Ings would be a great addition to the squad for the 2016/17 season. To up his match fitness, Ings began the season playing in the reserves. On 25 October 2016, Ings sustained damage to his right knee in a League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. This latest, heartbreaking injury would require another spell on the sidelines of up to 9 months.
He successfully underwent surgery to repair the damage to his knee and began rehabilitation at Melwood on 9 November. Again, his sheer hard work and determination meant he would be back. And he was. On 19 September 2017, Ings made his first appearance in 11 months since the injury when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 2–0 defeat to Leicester City in the League Cup.
As with his previous bad knee injury, Ings would continue his rehab and look to build up his match fitness playing for the U23’s.
He seems to be getting sharper and sharper with every game. His latest, very significant contribution came on Sunday 5th November 2017.
Well Done Danny Ings
Liverpool’s U23s played Bristol City at Chester FC’s ground, The Swansway Stadium. The game virtually became the Danny Ings show as Liverpool ran out 7-0 winners. Ings bagged himself four goals and two assists. You can see the best of the action here…..
He took all of his goals so well and he looked razor sharp. In particular, his link up with Harry Wilson for the 7th goal, another who is knocking on the first team door, was superb.
We say again, well done Danny Ings. If anyone deserves some luck to go his way in his Liverpool career then without doubt, that is Danny Ings.
Hopefully we will see him back in the first team fold soon. I would like to think that Harry Wilson will be knocking on the door as well.
As I said at the start of the article with regard to Liverpool needing a new striker. A fit Danny Ings and the emerging Dominic Solanke, Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn may well save Liverpool a lot of money. If all of these step up, and soon, we will have one exciting attacking force for many years to come. Not only in the striker department but as the likes of Wilson and Woodburn can play attacking midfield, the future looks bright in all attacking areas.