Hutchinson and Houghton question signing of Danny Ings by Liverpool

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A couple of ex Liverpool players were underwhelmed by the signing of the Burnley star.

Liverpool announced on Monday that they had signed Burnley forward Danny Ings, but what the club wouldn't have expected were queries from former Anfield players Don Hutchinson and Ray Houghton over the striker's ability to star for the Reds

Ex Scotland midfielder Hutchinson pointed to the raft of fairly underwhelming attackers available to manager Brendan Rodgers, seemingly indicating that the England Under-21 man was little different to what Liverpool already have on offer. 

Hutchinson spent four years at the Reds as a player, and was vocal about more than just Liverpool's transfer policy as his tweet shows.

For the 44-year-old, manager Rodgers is lucky to be in a job considering he lost staff members Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh.

Former Irish midfielder Ray Houghton had a similar message to the club, when discussing the recent arrivals on Talksport.

The 53-year-old was at Anfield for five trophy laden years at the end of the 80s/early 90s, and according to him, the signing of the Burnley forward is little to get excited about, and more geared to the future.

“Liverpool have to spend big,” he said on Talksport. “Danny Ings and James Milner are very good signings on a free. They have no wow factor though.

“Potentially [Ings] could be a very good player. The problem is that on Saturday night you were watching Luis Suarez, who was only at the club last season, scoring in the Champions League final," he said.

“People are now talking about Ings and Divock Origi, they’re just potential though."

Clearly, the consensus among at least a couple of former Anfield players is that in Ings, Liverpool have a player that could be very good, when what they actually need is someone who is already there. 

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