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What would signing Danny Ings mean for the rest of Liverpool's strikers?

Reports indicate that the Burnley forward will be on his way to Anfield in the summer, but what could it mean for the forwards currently at the club?

Burnley striker Danny Ings reportedly has his heart set on a move to Liverpool in the summer, despite reported interest from Real Sociedad, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea according to the Daily Mirror.

The prospect of Liverpool signing the 22-year-old is an interesting one for the Reds, given the amount of uncertainty there is with the forwards currently at the club.

The only one that Brendan Rodgers is definitely going to keep hold of for next season is Daniel Sturridge. Despite his well-documented injury problems this season he seems to be an integral part of the team when he plays, and signed a new contract at the club earlier on in the season. 

But when he is not the man starting up front as the lone striker for Liverpool, Raheem Sterling is played out of position to lead the line ahead of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini

Borini had a couple of starts in January, Lambert got his chance towards the end of November and early on in December, while Balotelli went through a barren spell in front of goal leading the line on his own for much of the first part of the season. By his own admission, playing up front on his own is something he isn't entirely comfortable with.

The main forward one feels is under threat is Borini. A tireless worker he may be but he doesn't seem to be the kind of player who will come into the side after a spell out and you can instantly rely on him to find the net. He has just the one goal to his name this season and did a pretty solid job during his two starts against Sunderland and Aston Villa in January.

However, given that bids were accepted for him to move both to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the summer, the chances of him remaining at Anfield beyond this season seem bleak.

Prior to the green shoots of growth we have seen from Balotelli and his cameo appearances of late, you would have said him lasting more than one season at the club is unlikely. But he has proved he can be a nuisance, and has something to offer, especially for a strike partnership with Sturridge. Though Rodgers still seems unimpressed by his work ethic, perhaps unfairly when it comes to recent displays.

That leaves Rickie Lambert, who was given the option of leaving the club in the last transfer window to go to Aston Villa and play some regular football. It seems that his role is basically to be a substitute and start the odd game when it comes to fixture congestion, which isn't ideal for him. But one imagines Rodgers wants to retain an option like that.

As for Ings, what can he provide? Movement, pace, goals, and the age of 22, there is still plenty of room for development. It looks like he would suit playing the current 3-4-2-1 system leading the line on his own, allowing Raheem Sterling to drop into a deeper position, while if they did change to a two up top, he could be an effective strike partner for Balotelli.

It's feasible to see Ings working with one of Sturridge or Balotelli, and even up front on his own. But it does raise a few questions over the futures of Lambert and Borini.  

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