Liverpool and Newcastle United supporters were in contrasting moods in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend, what with the Reds easing past West Ham 4-1 on Saturday while the Magpies lost 1-0 to Bournemouth earlier that day.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool went into their clash at the London Stadium off the back of victories over Huddersfield Town and Maribor, and a brace from Mohamed Salah as well as goals from Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed a comfortable victory for the Reds in East London. Yet things weren’t as pretty in the North East as Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle suffered a second successive Premier League defeat, with Steve Cook’s injury-time header enough to secure Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth a vital 1-0 win at St James’ Park, a result which moved them out of the bottom three.
Thus, it has been our resident Liverpudlians who have been making all the noise in the Tavern in recent days, yet it might now be time for those Newcastle fans lining up at the bar to raise their spirits if a report from The Chronicle is anything to go by, as it suggests that the Magpies are eyeing up a January loan move for Danny Ings.
The 25-year-old striker made the move to Anfield back in 2015 after seriously impressing for Burnley, but injuries have blighted his spell on Merseyside and ultimately restricted him to just 12 first team appearances for the club, in which time he has bagged three goals.
However, seven Premier League 2 appearances this term and a substitute cameo in their Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City back in September suggests that the one-time England international is on the road to recovery, yet it seems unlikely that he’ll command the regular football he needs to rediscover his best form at Liverpool.
And as such reports suggest that Benitez’s Newcastle will indeed target a move for the forward in January, and more importantly it’s a move which is reportedly not dependent on whether the club has been taken over before then.
And this news is likely to intrigue and perhaps delight our resident Magpies fans, as it’s evident that the forward ranks need bolstering at St James’ Park if they are to re-establish themselves as a Premier League club by the end of the season.
Landlord’s verdict: Danny Ings certainly earned his move to Liverpool two years ago given his excellent goal-scoring form for Burnley, but things haven’t quite worked out for the 25-year-old at Anfield since then.
The one-time England international has been blighted by injuries and as such has made just 12 first team appearances, and is clearly in need of gametime over the coming months to help him get back to his previous best form.
That’s unlikely to happen at Anfield – even Daniel Sturridge is struggling for minutes – and as such Newcastle United are seeking to bring him to St James’ Park in a bid to bolster a flagging attacking line which has managed just ten Premier League goals from their 11 games.
And after back-to-back 1-0 defeats in games in which they have looked toothless going forward, a striker is a must in January, and who better than someone like Ings who has proven his worth before, and is need of regular minutes on the pitch.
Newcastle and Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!