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.”
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.