Danny Ings joins Southampton on season-long loan from Liverpool

Ings joins on a temporary basis with a permanent move lined up in the summer

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
Thursday 09 August 2018 21:03
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Danny Ings' time at Liverpool was plagued by injury
Danny Ings' time at Liverpool was plagued by injury

Southampton have completed the signing of Danny Ings from Liverpool on a season-long loan, ahead of a permanent move next summer.

The deal was completed on transfer deadline day after Southampton submitted a deal sheet to allow the two clubs extra time to complete the move.

Winchester-born Ings made his intentions to leave Liverpool known earlier this summer after an injury-plagued three-year spell at Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp reluctantly agreed to let Ings leave in search of regular first-team football last month and the striker attracted interest from across the Premier League.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle United were said to be monitoring Ings but he returns to his native Hampshire to join Mark Hughes’ side.

“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us,” Hughes told Southampton’s official website.

“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.

“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.”

Ings, who moved to Liverpool from Burnley in 2015, ruptured cruciate ligaments in October of that year during his first training session under the newly-appointed Klopp.

After spending 13 months on the sidelines, Ings was ruled out of the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with a cartilage injury suffered shortly after his return.

“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove,” Hughes added.

“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”

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