Jurgen Klopp has revealed that a “lot of people” at Liverpool were hoping that the sale of Danny Ings to Southampton would have collapsed at the last minute.
Speaking at his weekly media briefing on Friday morning, the Anfield manager explained that many of the club’s staff wanted to “avoid” offloading the striker on deadline day and that “we miss him already”.
Quoted on the personal Twitter account of Goal correspondent Neil Jones, Klopp explained Ings is in good shape after completing a season-long loan move to the Saints ahead of a permanent move next summer.
Klopp: "Danny (Ings), we miss him already to be honest. A lot of people were still hoping yesterday that something could make us avoid that transfer. He's fully fit, in good shape, that's nice for him and for Southampton." #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) August 10, 2018
Ings might not have been a first choice at Liverpool or even a key man in Klopp’s plans had he stayed, but there was no doubting the sincerity of the German’s comments this morning. The striker has been an immensely popular figure at Anfield, with his enthusiasm and infectious personality making him a crowd favourite and also a dressing room favourite despite only fleeting on-field appearances. Ings’ progress at Liverpool was stymied by two horrific knee injuries and the talent ahead of him in the pecking order, which only increased in calibre during his three years. With Xherdan Shaqiri signed from Stoke City and Daniel Sturridge scoring six goals and looking a revitalised figure, Ings faced the prospect of being even further down the pecking order this season, with the hallowed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane already blocking his path. Few can argue that a move to an established Premier League club like the Saints is not a very logical and exciting one for the striker at this stage of his career.