Burnley defender Michael Keane expects former teammate Danny Ings to hit the ground running at Liverpool, after he sealed his move to Anfield earlier this week.
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The 22-year-old will officially join us next month when his contract with the Clarets expires and Keane expects Ings to do well with his new employers.
As the Liverpool Echo explains, discussions between the two clubs over a compensation fee for the striker are ongoing, with a Premier League tribunal awaiting if they are unable to agree – but Ings is for all intents and purposes a Liverpool player.
His arrival has been met with a somewhat underwhelming response from many Liverpool fans, who are desperate to see a ‘marquee’ signing added to our forward line. However, Keane believes that Ings will quickly prove his worth by scoring plenty of goals.
He told the Echo: “You just look at how many goals he scored for Burnley, with all due respect in a team that is not as good as Liverpool. If he plays regularly at Liverpool he’s going to get more chances, and I think he’ll do well.
“He just needs to get his first goal to get off the mark and he’ll start flying.”
Keane, who joined Burnley on a permanent basis in January after emerging from the Manchester United academy, added that Ings had kept his impending move very quiet but was clearly delighted when it was eventually confirmed.
“He kept it really quiet, it was probably only him and family who knew, I only found out a week or two ago,” Keane said. “I’m really happy for him, obviously Liverpool is a massive club and he deserves it.
“I’m gutted to see him go, he’s a great guy as well as a brilliant footballer, but I’m happy for him that he’s got a great move. He was buzzing when the move was announced, I’m rooming with him and he was really happy. He’s really excited.
“There’s probably a few nerves there but they’ll go straight away when he joins them because he’s a quality player.”