How did Danny Ings do in his Anfield audition?

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The Burnley striker has been heavily linked with a summer switch to Liverpool.

When Danny Ings and his Burnley side visited Anfield on Wednesday night, Liverpool fans had an opportunity to get a closer look at a player the Merseyside club have reportedly been chasing recently, with Sky Sports claiming the forward is hoping for a summer move to join up with Brendan Rodgers' squad. 

With Liverpool in impressive form, it's not much of a surprise to discover that Ings didn't get many opportunities to shine, as the visitors claimed a meagre 37% of possession and registered just one shot on target. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaced Ings late on when the latter went off with an injury.

Ings' contract is up at the end of the season, and though Liverpool would still have to pay a tribunal fee were they to sign the striker, the Reds wouldn't have to negotiate with the Clarets to seal a deal, though they would have to factor in other interested parties, with Spurs and Real Sociedad said by Sky Sports to be following the situation.

Below are Danny Ings' stats from the 2-0 loss to Liverpool:

  PositionTeamGoalsTotal Att AssistTotal Scoring AttGround Duels WonMins Played
Danny Ings FW Burnley 0 1 1 6 89

The 22-year-old didn't get much to feed on in front of goal, fashioning just one assist for his side and a solitary blocked shot on goal. Where Ings did impress was in his successful duelling for possession, winning the ball six times, one of the highest for a striker in the league on Wednesday, and a feature of his game. Such a skill could come in handy in Rodgers' pressing game.

  TeamTotal Dribble SuccessWas FouledPassing AccuracyTouchesMins Played
Danny Ings Burnley 2 1 77.78% 31 89

Ings demonstrated mediocre figures when it came to dribbling, drawing fouls, passing and touches - all numbers some way behind those the best strikers in the league registered this week. 

The one talking point surrounding his performance was an impressive run into the area from the right side of the box, a move that ended under a challenge by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Ings claimed that it had been a foul on him by the Reds star, but referee Lee Mason ignored his pleas. If nothing else, that little burst from the England Under-21 forward showcased his quick feet and change of pace, but if Brendan Rodgers was uncertain of making a move for the former Bournemouth man it is unlikely he saw much in his Anfield performance to get his chequebook out.

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