Liverpool have already been active in the summer transfer window, acquiring two players before the period has officially opened. Burnley striker Danny Ings and Manchester City midfielder James Milner will move to Anfield on July 1st as Brendan Rodgers begins to rebuild his squad after a disappointing 2014-15 season.
The Reds fared well in the cup competitions – reaching the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup – but finished sixth in the Premier League table. This was an underwhelming result after they came second in the previous campaign. The two signings are sure to help Liverpool in their bid to compete for silverware this season and supporters are excited at the prospect of Ings lining up with Daniel Sturridge in the Liverpool attack.
Ings scored 11 goals last season, which was three more than Liverpool’s four senior strikers combined. The Burnley forward netted against some of the best teams in the league, including Manchester United, and helped the Clarets to pick up a number of crucial victories in their bid to avoid relegation. Unfortunately for Sean Dyche’s side, they fell back to the Championship at the first time of asking, but Ings’ performances have earned him a deserved move to Anfield.
The 22-year-old is quick, agile and strong. These are all traits that are required at Anfield. Last season, the Reds were often sluggish in attack and lacked a major presence at the heart of Liverpool’s striking unit. Ings will lead from the front and will buy into Brendan Rodgers’ hard-working philosophy, unlike some Liverpool attackers. Furthermore, the former Burnley man can feature as a lone striker or as part of a two-pronged attack – meaning that Rodgers can adjust his formation and accommodate Ings into his plans.
Ings’ greatest trait is, of course, his finishing ability. A natural goalscorer, the forward is lethal inside the 18-yard box and is more than capable of scoring with both feet. He is also very unselfish and will certainly create opportunities for his team-mates – which will be music to the ears of Daniel Sturridge. Although Ings doesn’t possess the same ability as former Red striker Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s supporters are positive that the two forwards can build a great relationship at Anfield.
In terms of a title challenge, Ings isn’t the man to lead the line. Liverpool are unlikely to compete for the Premier League crown with Ings as the main focal point in attack, but his goals could prove useful as they look to go one better and win one of the cup competitions in the new season. After reaching the latter stages of both tournaments this year, a number of punters will be betting on the Reds to lift a trophy this season. The former Burnley striker could go on to score 15 goals in his maiden season at Anfield, which would be an excellent return as Rodgers’ side look to compete with the Premier League’s biggest clubs.