Newcastle United and Southampton supporters were both in fine voice over the weekend as their sides picked up crucial Premier League victories over Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively, leaving both teams in the top half of the division.
Rafa Benitez’s Magpies needed a Mikel Merino header four minutes from time to see off Roy Hodgson’s Palace at St James’ Park on Saturday, in turn securing their fourth league victory of the season, and moving them to within two points of the top four. While Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints also needed a late winner to get past Tony Pulis’ West Brom on Saturday evening, with substitute Sofiane Boufal producing a moment of brilliance to beat five Baggies players before slotting past Ben Foster five minutes from time.
Thus, both sets of supporters have been in high spirits this weekend, and both are likely to be encouraged further by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which details that Liverpool are willing to allow striker Danny Ings out on loan in January to get much-needed first team football.
The 25-year-old made the move to Anfield back in 2015 but has since been riddled with injury, thus restricting him to just 12 first team appearances for the Reds, in which time he has bagged three goals.
However, with appearances in Premier League 2 this term as well as a substitute cameo at Leicester in the Carabao Cup last month, the one-time England international seems to be getting back to full fitness, but such are Jurgen Klopp’s forward options at Anfield, it’s going to be difficult for Ings to force his way into first team reckoning.
And as such the Merseyside giants are reportedly willing to sanction a loan move away in January, which is sure to be of interest to Benitez’s Newcastle and Pellegrino’s Saints, both of whom have been linked with the Englishman.
But whether either are able to get a deal done in January very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Danny Ings certainly deserved his move to Liverpool back in 2015, but he has been unable to show his quality at Anfield after being plagued by injury in the last two years.
12 first team appearances in just over 24 months is indicative of the 25-year-old’s plight on Merseyside, but with appearances in Premier League 2 this term and one in the Carabao Cup, it seems that he is getting back to full fitness.
But only regular first team football will see Ings get back to his previous level, and it appears that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t convinced he can give him that at Anfield, which must be music to the ears of Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez and Southampton chief Mauricio Pellegrino.
Both sides are in need of attacking reinforcements in January, having scored ten and eight goals respectively this season, and with Ings having proven his worth before with Burnley, he’d surely be a useful addition to either squad in January.
Newcastle and Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!