According to a recent report from The Daily Echo, Southampton have not made a move to bring Danny Ings back to the club. The 25-year-old has struggled with injuries ever since making the move to Liverpool back in 2015 and as such has been linked with a move away this summer, with Mark Hughes’ Southampton one side reportedly keen on the one-time England international.
But with The Daily Echo suggesting that a deal for the striker is unlikely, the Saints must now seek to target his £13.5 million-rated Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge (as per Transfermarkt), another whose future at Anfield appears uncertain.
Ultimately, it has been a testing few years for Sturridge on Merseyside, what with the striker struggling for regular football pretty much ever since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager back in October 2015.
In fact, the England international mustered just nine Premier League appearances for the Reds in the first half of last season given the incredible form of trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah, to the point that he was shipped out on loan to West Brom in a bid to re-discover his form.
But given that spell was something of a disaster, with no goals to show for his six league appearances, it doesn’t look good for Sturridge at Anfield, and as such Southampton must seek to lure him to St Mary’s in a bid to solve their own goal-scoring woes.
The South Coast outfit managed just 37 goals from their 38 Premier League games last term to underline their issues in front of goal, which were further emphasised by the fact that Charlie Austin, who appeared just 24 times in the league, finished as the club’s top-scorer alongside Dusan Tadic with only seven goals.
It wasn’t through the lack of trying though, as the Saints created the eighth most amount of chances over the course of the season with 322, but it was clear that the quality in the penalty area was severely lacking to make the most of those opportunities – that is where Sturridge is at his best.
As such, with a move for Ings seemingly unlikely, it’s time that Southampton tried their hand at luring a Liverpool player to St Mary’s given the numerous stars that have gone the other way in years gone by, with 28-year-old Sturridge the one they should target this summer.
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