Liverpool fans should be positive over Danny Ings, but more is needed

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Liverpool legend John Aldridge has backed the move for Danny Ings, but some fans have reservations over the transfer.

Liverpool have today confirmed the signing of Danny Ings from Burnley on their website with the compensation fee to be agreed. Ings will join the Reds on July 1. 

The 22-year-old signs on the back of a season which has seen him score 11 goals for the lowest scoring side in the Premier League last season - Burnley had a total of 28 goals.

Ings scored more goals for a side that was relegated than the rest of the Reds strikeforce combined - though Raheem Sterling has played a fair few games leading the line.

The big positives surrounding Ings are that he knows the league and gets into the positions that Liverpool forwards have been unable to over the past 12 months, apart from the incredibly injury-prone Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge backed the move, telling the club's website: "The young lad scored 11 goals for Burnley, a team struggling for points, struggling for goals - and he's on the verge of breaking through to the England side.

"He's [young] and is one who has great potential. He's a goalscorer, he knows where the net is, his movement's good and he's quick.

"He can finish, he's quite clinical in front of goal, so he's a player that will only get better."

But there is rightfully some scepticism surrounding the signing. This could prove to be a very good piece of business, but it does look a little like Liverpool trying to do things 'on the cheap', though the true extent of that will depend on what kind of compensation fee will be agreed between the two clubs. 

Ings is the second signing of the summer, and the second player to sign because of his contract expiring. But now Liverpool have taken the decision to back their current manager after a disappointing season, they must do what they can to bring in good quality players in order to take the side forward.

Liverpool now need some reliable firepower - it is a big ask to rely on a 22-year-old like Ings to bring in the lion share of the goals for the club. Making the move from Burnley to Liverpool is a huge step up, especially as Liverpool are crying out for something to shout about at the top end of the field. 

There are other areas of the squad to address, but another striker who has a decent goalscoring record needs to be acquired.

Having at least three forwards in the squad who can get into double figures in a league campaign would make the Reds that bit more potent for the coming season, and any other weaknesses in the side can be addressed accordingly if they're firing in the final third. 

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