Danny Ings hasn’t had the best of time with Liverpool since joining the Reds from Burnley, injuries have plagued the English striker, with him coming back to full fitness, The Anfield Talk’s Robin (@robbiemac72) looks at what the forgotten Danny Ings can do for the team.
With the departure of Coutinho to Barcelona for an eye watering fee of £142 million all attention has turned to who will the club buy with all that extra lolly in the piggy bank? Another striker? A goalkeeper? A left back? And the merry-go-round of transfer speculation goes round and round. It’s enough to make you dizzy. We seem to be forgetting about who do we actually have in the squad who will be knocking on the door for a first team place?
Danny Inges the forgotten man, the 25-year-old striker deserves an honorable mention. Despite serious interest from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2015 for the then, 22-year-old player, whom were willing to offer £12 million. He ended up signing for Liverpool in 2015 for a fee of £6.5 million instead which was reached by a lengthy tribunal saga due to the player being under 24 years of age. Having scored 22 goals with Burnley in the Championship finishing second thus helping them into the Premier League he then carried on with his rich vein of scoring form with 11 goals in 35 Premier league games with Burnley. I remember one match when Burnley were playing Liverpool in a league game when Brendan Rodgers was the manager he made a big fuss of going over to Inges and the two were locked in deep conversation. Obviously Inges was a target of Rodgers and made it known quite clearly. Sadly his Liverpool career and also his England international career just one cap to his name has stuttered but flashes of his potential have been seen. It was with disbelief in October 2015 that I saw the news that Inges had suffered a serious injury in his first training session with new manager Jurgen Klopp at the time we weren’t boasting about having a Mo Salah or Mane in the team. Our squad was thin and less formidable than the other top four teams at the time. He did play in the final game of the 2015/16 season. The 2016/17 season saw yet another devastating and serious injury which ruled him out for 9 months. Is he born to be unlucky? Is he our new Harry Kewell? We seem to have a history of injury prone players other clubs would simply have discarded. It is not the Anfield way. Danny Inges has shown character and resilience to rebuild his career through the Liverpool under 23s. Where he’s hit great form. I keep an eye on the Liverpool U23s results and that day when Inges blasted four past Bristol U23s I was convinced Inges was going to get his opportunity in the First team. The manager somehow has been lukewarm to the idea. Then again it’s hard when you have Salah, Mane and Firmino and young Solanke all in there. The latter winning the U20s World Cup in 2017 with England with team-mate Rhian Brewster another exciting young prospect.
Anyone in my personal opinion as someone who has seen players come and go in the past. Who puts the effort in and the lonely long hours of rehabilitation to play again gets a chance, deserves a chance. If I was in a war zone I would want Danny Inges in my trench the boy wants to play. The swell of pride, the gratitude he has for the club. The belief of the supporters in him the desire he has, the hunger to succeed and the natural goal scoring ability. He’s a born Liverpool player. You can’t buy this. The second coming the rebirth of a player is about to start. There are big changes at the club since Danny Inges joined is he still in the managers plans? Rumours persist of him being loaned out. I would like to see him remain here we need him here. The ‘Forgotten Man’ has he’s admirers and most certainly hasn’t been forgotten by the fans.