Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that his old side can’t rely on Daniel Sturridge getting fit and staying fit next season.
Murphy suggested that was real pressure on Liverpool’s attack for next season, while initially praising the deal which sees the Reds tie down the future of Danny Ings, who had a relatively decent impact in a Burnley team which has just been relegated.
Murphy suggests that Ings can’t back himself up in terms of consistency in the top flight, along with talented young Belgian attacker Divock Origi.
“He’s talented and he can score goals but it’s tough to judge him this season playing in that Burnley side – He’s unproven in terms of consistency at the top level, as is Origi – Are they going to rely on Sturridge staying fit? I’m not sure they can,” he said.
There are also attacking options in the form of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini but it’s now almost certain that there will be some movement in terms of players leaving, with Ings arriving at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers needs to quickly decide on a combination of attacking players who will be under pressure at the start of next season to help the attack of the team move forward.
The boss needs to find a way to get the very best out of Ings, using him effectively alongside Sturridge, or instead of Sturridge if he continues to struggle with injury issues at the start of the next campaign.
Ings will have to quickly get used to the different pressure of expectation, which comes with playing for Liverpool but the club deserve some credit for getting another transfer deal done early, following a move for James Milner.