The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted with their sides hat-trick of victories last week prior to the international break.
Liverpool recorded back to back Premier League victories for the first time since August last week after they comfortably saw off Huddersfield and West Ham to relieve some early season pressure that was building on Jurgen Klopp. Klopp’s side were in a fabulous goal-scoring mood on Saturday evening as the pace of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, combined with the creativity of Roberto Firimino in the false nine role, enabled the Merseyside club to slice through the West Ham defence with ease.
With Liverpool’s forward line in such menacing form, it seems extremely unlikely that England striker Danny Ings will be handed an opportunity to prove himself in the first-team before the January transfer window opens.
Ings could be offered a lifeline to salvage his stuttering Premier League career in January, as goal-shy Newcastle United are reportedly offering him a way out of his Merseyside nightmare.
Since his move from Burnley to Liverpool, Ings has spent the vast majority of his time on the sideline with a number of injuries. Ings has since recovered and returned to first team training, but despite his comeback, he has barely had a sniff of the first-team.
Any player who has spent almost 2 years out of contention would struggle to force their way back into a Premier League side, however, Ings struggle for first-team football is intrinsically linked with Liverpool’s current style of play.
The system that Klopp is choosing to implement at the club relies upon a false nine type player – usually Firmino – to collect the ball in pockets of space between the opposition’s midfield and defensive lines, rather than utilising a striker who prefers play off the shoulder of the last defender.
This is a system rather alien to Ings’ Premier League experience at Burnley, and although there is no doubt he is a solid footballer as well as a goalscorer, his abilities suit a more traditional strikers role.
Ing’s lack of opportunity at the club suggests Klopp has recognised his lack of compatibility within his favoured system. As long as Klopp remains manager of Liverpool, Ings will continue to be a forgotten man.
If Ings wants to restart his career and prove to Klopp that he has something to offer the club, then he should jump at the opportunity to join Newcastle on loan in January.