Liverpool journalist Marcus Banks has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Merseyside club potentially making a move to sign Southampton striker Danny Ings this summer.
This comes after Banks made an appearance on a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Jurgen Klopp’s side.
After it was recently reported that Ings had rejected a new contract with Southampton, Banks was asked whether or not he thinks Liverpool should potentially try and sign the former Reds striker this summer.
In response, Banks had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think he does deserve the chance to test himself at a Champions League level.
“I think if he stays fit, he is definitely that calibre of player and deserves probably the chance to have a second bite of the cherry at a big club and prove that he is a Champions League-calibre player.
“Whether that’s at Liverpool, I’m not sure whether he really suits what Liverpool need given that we’ve got Diogo Jota. I think a forward who is more comfortable playing out wide at times should be prioritised more than a natural finisher, although a typical number nine would be a decent alternative for [Roberto] Firmino, but I just don’t think Ings is that that man given that he’d want to be playing week in week out.
“If he went to somewhere like Manchester United or even Manchester City, I think he’d do really well, but I don’t think he’s the answer for Liverpool.”
Liverpool signed Ings back in the 2015 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club Burnley. In the 2018 summer window, Liverpool loaned him out to Southampton before eventually selling him on a year later.
TIF Thoughts on Marcus Banks’ comments on a potential Liverpool summer move for Ings…
Overall, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £19.8 million, made just 25 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions, in which he managed to score four goals and provide one assist along the way (per Transfermarkt).
Would you take Danny Ings back at Liverpool this summer?
Given how Ings has managed to score 46 goals in 100 appearances for Southampton and the fact that Liverpool had some issues in the goalscoring department last season, it’s understandable why the question of Liverpool potentially signing Ings again this summer has arisen.
In our view, given how Ings has previous experience of the Merseyside club and the fact that he could potentially offer them a new goalscoring threat, perhaps the club should explore the idea of possibly signing him again this summer if he does end up leaving Southampton, despite Banks’ reluctance on the possibility.