John Hartson questions Liverpool’s decision to sign Danny Ings

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New Liverpool signing Danny Ings has barely featured so far this season.

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has questioned Liverpool’s decision to sign Danny Ings when it has since become clear that he is not one for the first team, talkSPORT reports.

The English forward joined the Reds on a free transfer – subject to a tribunal fee - after his previous contract had expired with Burnley.

Ings impressed last season for the Clarets, scoring 11 Premier League goals and adding a further four assists despite Sean Dyche’s men suffering an immediate return to the Championship.

Considering his age, the 23-year-old would have represented a real coup for some top-flight clubs but for Liverpool he has barely featured, prompting Hartson to question the Reds’ decision to sign him.

“You look at Liverpool, and how much did they need Danny Ings? They signed him for a free, but what’s the point, Danny Ings has hardly kicked a ball for Liverpool,” he explained on talkSPORT.

Adding to an already bloated squad?

Hartson’s comments stem from the criticism Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has received for not signing a new striker this summer, and the former Celtic man seems to defend the Frenchman.

Clubs considering themselves to be top-four material should seek first-team improvements where possible, but Ings isn’t the only new Liverpool signing to have barely featured this season.

The Reds have made a number of transfer gaffes in recent years where signings have not established themselves as first-team regulars but instead added to an already bloated squad.

With Jordon Ibe and the recently loaned out Lazar Markovic providing extra cover in wide areas, was there any real need to bring in Ings considering Christian Benteke is the number one centre-forward?

Evidence so far suggests no.

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