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Jürgen Klopp has revealed that he misses Danny Ings ahead of Liverpool’s game against Southampton at Anfield this evening.

In his programme notes ahead of the crucial clash, Klopp piled praise on the 3-cap England international, who he clearly still adores.

The German wrote: “I miss him being with us but I’m really pleased to see him achieve his potential as one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League.”

Now, this comes as no surprise to us.

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Even when Liverpool sanctioned a £20 million deal which saw Ings leave for Southampton in 2018, there was an air of reluctance around the move.

At the time, Klopp admitted that he had been left with a heavy heart after reluctantly agreeing to let Ings leave for consistent first-team football.

In a tribute to the striker, Klopp said it was a ‘strange’ feeling to see the ex-Burnley man leave, before calling him an ‘outstanding’ person.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss also said that if you could bottle character and spirit, the Southampton forward’s would sell worldwide.

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As quoted by Liverpool’s official website in 2018, Klopp said: “He is such an outstanding boy. Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide – he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. But we won’t just miss his character because he is a footballer who has all the tools.”

It’s abundantly clear that Klopp didn’t really want to let Ings leave, but he respected the striker enough to grant his wishes.

After seeing what he’s achieved at Southampton, it’s no surprise Klopp wanted to keep him.

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Amazingly, Ings scored 25 goals in all competitions last season, and has enjoyed another decent campaign this season with 11 goals.

He is a fine footballer, whose movement and finishing ability are right up there with the best the Premier League has to offer.

Surely, a fit Ings would’ve scored plenty of goals under Klopp had he stayed at Anfield – he would be an ideal alternative to Roberto Firmino, even now.

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