Southampton face what looks like an impossible task of trying to take all three points away from Anfield this afternoon when they take on free-scoring Liverpool.
And the Saints will be going into their clash against Jurgen Klopp’s men without top goalscorer Danny Ings, much to the delight of the Reds captain Jordan Henderson.
£7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ings arrived at St. Mary’s on loan from Liverpool on deadline day, and Henderson has admitted he is relieved the centre-forward is ineligible to play in the 3pm kick-off.
“There’s no hiding the fact that we’re delighted Danny can’t play against us today,” Henderson told Liverpool’s official club website.
“People should not ignore his ability and talent. He is technically superb and extremely clever.”
Given how Liverpool have started the season, especially in defence with the 2017/18 Champions League finalists looking more defensively solid compared to last term, Henderson’s delight in Ings’ absence is an indication of just how good the 26-year-old has been.
Ings has looked dangerous in all of the appearances he has made so far for his new club, providing the sort of goal threat up front that Mark Hughes was often without during the previous campaign.
Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long’s struggles in front of goal and Charlie Austin’s battle with injuries resulted in the Saints getting caught up in a relegation scrap.
However, if Ings can maintain his goal-scoring form and considering the overall quality of the squad, the club should really not be finding themselves that far down the table again.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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