Burnley’s Danny Ings has turned down the chance to join David Moyes’ Real Sociedad in order to join Liverpool this summer according to the Daily Mirror.
Ings is 5/2 to be a Liverpool player by the start of next season and “has now set his heart on a move” to Merseyside according to the tabloid in question.
Burnley will certainly approve of the England Under-21 marksman’s ‘wishes’, as they would be due a reported £6m compensation if he joins an English team, whereas La Real would likely have to stump up just £300,000.
However, the former Southampton and Bournemouth hitman is advised to reference Brendan Rodgers’ rotten record when it comes to signing strikers at Anfield before inking a deal.
Daniel Sturridge aside, the former Swansea boss has shown a distinct knack for bringing in forwards he almost instantly can find no use for whatsoever.
Exhibit A: Fabio Borini – £10.5m
Is he a wideman? Is he a forward? Is he largely ineffectual in either role? If anyone should know it should be Rodgers, who managed the Italian for Swansea and Chelsea’s youth team.
Yet the Liverpool boss has seldom seen fit to start the Italian across his three goal, 36-appearance career at the club.
Exhibit B: Iago Aspas – £7m
The Spaniard gained brief fame for his uncanny ability to be pictured leaning on things in his early days at the club, yet Rodgers seldom saw fit to rely upon the man he snapped up from Celta Vigo.
Aspas struck just once in 15 outings during his first season at Anfield before being loaned at back to Spain with Sevilla sharpish.
Exhibit C: Rickie Lambert – £4m
Signing boyhood Red Lambert had all the hallmarks of a canny plan B buy, but it soon became obvious that Rodgers had no intention of throwing him the bone of altering Liverpool’s playing style to suit his limitations.
By the time the January window rolled around Lambert was already sufficiently underwhelmed with his treatment to seriously ponder ditching his dream club for Aston Villa.
Exhibit D: Mario Balotelli – £16m
Not content with his lost cost plan B, Rodgers deemed a high-cost version a worthwhile purchase, once again forgetting that old fashioned number nines had been absent from the side that brought him so much success the previous campaign.