Stuart Pearce comments on perceptions surrounding Danny Ings signing for Liverpool

Anfield Kop

Ex-England international Pearce has said there has been a 'snobby' reaction to Ings signing for Liverpool.

Stuart Pearce has labelled those who have criticised Liverpool's signing of Danny Ings as 'snobby', in an exclusive interview with 888sport.com.

Ings will join from Burnley on July 1 as his contract has expired at Turf Moor, though some eyebrows have been raised at Liverpool signing a player who led the line for a side that was relegated from the Premier League last season.

Pearce was interviewed by 888sport ahead of England's European U21 Championship opener against Portgual on Thursday, and had the following to say: “We all have different career paths.

“I came through from the non-league system so if you’re going to be snobby about it I’d have never kicked a ball in the top flight.

“The bottom line is he’s obviously a big talent and a decent player to add to the squad."

Danny Ings' background

Ings has worked his way through the divisions. He used to be at Bournemouth before he moved to Burnley and scored in excess of 20 goals during their promotion season from the Championship before leading the line and finishing as their top scorer in the Premier League last term with 11 goals.

His goal return compared to other Liverpool strikers

Ings outscored every forward who had opportunities to lead the line for the Reds last season. Daniel Sturridge was injured for much of the campaign and Liverpool never really saw him at his best as a result - while the trio of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini never really impressed, and saw their chances limited as a consequence. Instead Raheem Sterling was leading the line for much of the season - only he and Sturridge combined score as many goals as Ings. 

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Danny Ings FW Burnley 11 35 3,033
Raheem Sterling MF Liverpool 7 35 3,050
Daniel Sturridge FW Liverpool 4 12 750
Rickie Lambert FW Liverpool 2 25 824
Mario Balotelli FW Liverpool 1 16 940
Fabio Borini FW Liverpool 1 12 392

On the face of it, Ings seems to be a decent signing for Liverpool, though some will probably change their minds when the compensation fee is set by a tribunal in the very near future for the 22-year-old. One can't help but feel, however, that if Ings came from a club outside the UK, then there would not be as many people looking down their noses at him lining up for the Reds next season. 

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch