Liverpool will dismiss any late interest in forward Danny Ings ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp wants to keep him at the club.
The 24-year-old missed most of last season due to a cruciate ligament injury, making just nine appearances in total and scoring three goals.
With Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge sitting ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s unlikely that Ings will receive regular playing time, but Klopp remains adamant that the England forward is going nowhere.
“We’re counting on Ingsy. He is a fantastic boy,” Klopp said earlier this month, as noted by The Liverpool Echo.
“He was injured since October last year and he needed time. Now he’s getting better and better.”
According to the Echo, the sentiment is still the same now with under 48 hours to go under the transfer deadline passes with Sunderland the latest club to make an attempt to sign him on loan.
Further, ESPN FC have reported that no less than eight Premier League clubs have approached the Reds for Ings over the last month, but the answer will remain the same between now and the deadline.
With Klopp looking to ensure that his side compete on various fronts this season, he’ll want options at his disposal to rotate his squad throughout the year.
However, with several options ahead of Ings, it’s questionable as to whether or not it’s the smart thing to do to keep him at Anfield instead of letting him go out on loan and secure regular playing time to regain his fitness and confidence after such a serious injury.
With Firmino, Sturridge and Origi battling it out to be up front in the starting line-up, coupled with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane establishing themselves as key individuals on the flanks, it remains to be seen just how much time Ings sees on the pitch this season.