Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling frustrated following their sides 0-0 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has built his illustrious managerial career on an extraordinary ability to keep clean sheets in the big fixtures, and his sides defensive performance during Saturday’s highly anticipated clash at Anfield proved to be no exception. Liverpool began the game with Roberto Firmino upfront, as forgotten man Danny Ings was once again left out of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Ings has endured a torrid time at Liverpool, as two consecutive injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament have put him well out of contention for first-team opportunities. For a player to obtain just one ACL injury in a footballing career represents a case of cruel misfortune, so it is fair to say that Ings has had a desperately unlucky beginning to his career at Anfield.
Ings nightmare spell for Liverpool could be placed on hold in January when a number of Premier League clubs, including local-rivals Everton, will reportedly line up to acquire his services.
Transfers between local rivals are uncommon, but not unheard of. In 2009 Carlos Tevez shocked the footballing world by swapping United for City in Manchester in a sensational series of events that culminated when a blue poster stating ‘welcome to Manchester’ was erected in Manchester city centre.
Although an Ings loan switch to Everton would not generate the same level of controversy as the Tevez transfer, it would certainly raise questions regarding Ings’ long-term aspirations at Liverpool in what could prove to be an unforgivable betrayal.
However, considering Ings’ complete lack of first-team opportunities at the moment, he would be mad not to consider a 6-month loan move to Everton until the end of the season. Since the departure of Romelu Lukaku, Everton have struggled to find goals with Oumar Niasse the only recognisable out and out front-man in Koeman’s squad.
The striker’s position at Everton is there for the taking, and if Ings can replicate the form he demonstrated prior to the beginning of his injury saga, he will have no problem becoming a first-team regular for the Toffees.