As per confirmation via Liverpool's official website, Danny Ings traded Burnley for Merseyside during the week following much speculation over his future.
Ings had been one of the most sought-after strikers in the country following Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United credited with holding an interest, as per reports in The Mirror.
Yet, it was Liverpool who beat their Premier League rivals to his signature and tied down one of England's up-and-coming talents for the foreseeable future.
The Reds are in need of extra firepower up front and Ings' imminent arrival should be met with optimism from the Anfield crowd on the evidence shown during the previous campaign.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Burnley fans’ favourite outperformed England international Daniel Sturridge in as many as six key attacking categories.
Aside from contributing more in terms of goals and assists, Ings averaged more chances created, headers won and successful take-ons per Premier League fixture.
Moreover, his defensive work and unselfish running will bode well with the Reds’ high-pressing style of play and can be illustrated by his average 3.97 ball recoveries per match.
Sturridge was one of the Premier League’s most fierce strikers alongside Luis Suarez in 2013/14, but in the Uruguayan’s absence he struggled for form amid injury problems.
However, the arrival of Ings and his constant movement will ultimately allow Sturridge more space to impose himself in the final third, a key aspect boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking at.
After finding the net just 52 times in the league last season, something needed to be done and while Ings isn’t a world class scorer, his presence may just help those around him find the net more often.