Departing captain Steven Gerrard has lauded our summer signing Danny Ings, who along with James Milner and Adam Bogdan, will arrive officially on July 1st.
Ings is currently on international duty with England Under-21s following his debut Premier League season with Burnley, which despite being successful on a person note, still saw his side relegated back to the Championship.
“The Ings one I’m really excited about because he can be what he wants to be – I know the talent’s there, he’s very young, he’s fresh,” Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think if he carries on learning and developing he can become a top striker and we love top strikers, so it’s there for them, the stage is there and I wish [him] the best of luck and I’m looking forward to watching [him] play.”
“He might be the type of player that needs that bigger club, and does thrive on the pressure,” the 35-year-old continued.
“He’s certainly got the platform there at one of the best clubs in the world to showcase his talents.
“For me, the supporters just need to be patient with him, he’s still very young and I’m sure he’ll get eased in gently. But, as I say, I’m really looking forward to watching him play.
“Hopefully he can get some goals early on which will give him the confidence that’ll make him feel like he belongs there.”
Gerrard’s words are extremely complimentary, and might get fans a little more excited about the Ings signing than they were previously.
The young forward is not a household name, but he’s shown with the Clarets that he can finish, and the most exciting thing is his potential to improve. The question of course remains whether he’ll play enough games to consistently score goals – a problem which has plagued the likes of Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli.
The key with Ings then is for him to hit the ground running. If he doesn’t, he’ll likely spend a lot of time on the bench, while fans clamour for a striker of real European pedigree.
It’s vital that fans get behind him though, and give him every chance of becoming an Anfield success.