Jurgen Klopp discusses Danny Ings’ Liverpool exit to Southampton

(THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Andy Robertson with Danny Ings of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 8, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Jurgen Klopp has commented on Danny Ings' Liverpool departure to join Southampton.

Danny Ings of Liverpool looks on during the Pre-season friendly between Chester City and Liverpool at Swansway Chester Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool will miss Danny Ings after he completed his move to Premier League club Southampton on deadline day.

The 26-year-old completed a season-long loan switch to the Saints, ahead of a permanent move next summer.

 

The English centre-forward has had a difficult three-year spell at Anfield that has been plagued by injuries and he has now departed in search of regular first-team football.

He was unlikely to play much for the Merseyside club in the upcoming campaign, with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke all competing for the striker position.

Klopp has spoken out on Ings’ Liverpool departure and feels it could be a good one for Southampton.

“We miss him already. A lot of people were still hoping yesterday we could avoid [him leaving] but it’s normal and life goes on. He has friends here,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference for West Ham, as cited by the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s now going back to his home club, where he started. It’s nice for him. He’s happy about that, it’s cool, and he’s fully fit.

“Everyone could see against Torino it wasn’t Danny Ings at his best because nobody knows what that could be but it’s nice for Southampton.”

Danny Ings of Liverpool and James Milner of Liverpool before the Pre-season friendly between Chester FC and Liverpool on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom.

Ings may not have played much senior football over the last few years, but rose to fame from his successful spell with ex-club Burnley and can be a clinical finisher in the penalty box on his day.

He will be desperate to rediscover his top form for Mark Hughes’ Southampton and get back to the level that saw him earn his one senior England cap to date.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Danny Ings of Liverpool during a training session at Marbella Football Center on May 16, 2017 in San Pedro De Alcantara, Spain.

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