Danny Ings arrived at Liverpool as a young prospect during the Summer from relegated Burnley, with a few fans weary of whether Brendan Rodgers had gotten this one right or not. He is a young talent and was still unproven at the top but took little time to reassure the faithful of his worth.
He scored his first goal of the preseason against Adelaide United. A cool finish, sliding it under the approaching keeper. An early glimpse of his potential.
Ings, who came to Liverpool FC with eleven goals for a struggling Burnley in the 2014/2015 season, spent a few games of the 2015/2016 season anxiously sitting on the bench.
He came on to save Liverpool from what could have easily been a loss against Norwich. The number twenty eight replaced another promising Summer purchase in Christen Benteke and took little time to score his debut goal.
He went on to score a further two goals in seven appearances. This may not sound like much, but for a new young striker who came with a mere eleven goals in the previous season, this looked promising.
Of all the recognized strikers of last season, Daniel Sturridge scored the most with a mere five goals. Thus three goals in seven appearances came as a relief for Liverpool fans.
He was just starting to gain his confidence and the confidence of the Liverpool faithful, when his England first team call up left him with a season ending ACL injury.
Since his injury Liverpool have struggled to score as freely recording numerous 1-1 results and rarely breaking the one goal barrier. To be fair Benteke was injured but his return brought less joy then hoped for with a single goal.
Ings is a completely different player to Benteke. Ings is quick and nimble compared to a bigger and stronger Benteke. Ings in many ways can be compared to Sturridge, who when fit has been prolific for Liverpool, which leads to thoughts that if Ings was fit Liverpool would benefit highly.
With new reports and rumors about the purchase of Alexandre Pato, many are left wondering why there would be interest. With promising young strikers in Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair backing Ings and Benteke and, when fit, Sturridge, it leaves you wondering whether the transfer committee sees this potential.
Many will be desperate for Ings to return. His positivity and enthusiasm will be a great boost to the team and his talent will surely bring success.
Written by @CStephenson_9