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Danny Ings leaves Liverpool in €22 million deal

The striker has joined Southampton on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

Danny Ings joins Southampton
Danny Ings joins Southampton

LIVERPOOL FORWARD DANNY Ings has joined fellow Premier League club Southampton on a season-long loan with the deal including an obligation to buy for a reported fee of £20 million (€22 million).

Ings had been deemed surplus to requirements by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, but looked set to stay on at Anfield after a reported switch to Crystal Palace failed to materialise.

However, Southampton moved for the former Burnley man on Thursday, with the paperwork completed in time to beat the deadline, and Ings joins on a one-season loan ahead of a permanent transfer next year.

The England international became Southampton’s fourth transfer of the window and manager Mark Hughes is thrilled to have secured the 26-year-old.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Ings signed for Liverpool in 2015 but a cruciate ligament rupture restricted his game time, and he scored just four Premier League goals during his three-year stint on Merseyside.

“It is a very strange feeling saying goodbye to Danny. The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“He is such an outstanding boy. Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide — he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. But we won’t just miss his character, because he is a footballer who has all the tools.

“What is clear is that in his time here, he had zero luck really, certainly in my time. Before joining I tried to watch as many games on tape as I could from the season so far and Danny Ings stood out as someone I was really looking forward to coaching.

“We all know his story and the bad luck he has had since then. It’s why the other emotion is that of being pleased for Danny that he has such a good move and his future is now very bright.”

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