Danny Ings – 2nd signing of the summer
Fabio Borini – loan moves rejected
Skrtel – Contract talks stalled
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Danny Ings on a free transfer from Burnley subject to a medical. The 22nd year old will join the club when his contract expires on July 1st and becomes the second confirmed signing of the summer after James Milner. The England U21 international has scored 11 goals in his debut in the Premier League, more than Sturridge, Lambert and Balotelli combined.
The signing has not sparkled any substantial enthusiasm from the Liverpool fans but former Liverpool striker, John Aldridge, has stated optimism about our new signing. He told liverpoolfc.com, “Danny Ings is, for me, a no-brainer. The young lad scored 11 goals for Burnley, a team struggling for points, struggling for goals – and he’s on the verge of breaking through to the England side.
“He’s young and is one who has great potential. He’s a goalscorer, he knows where the net is, his movement’s good and he’s quick. He can finish, he’s quite clinical in front of goal, so he’s a player that will only get better.”
Jamie Carragher gave his approval as well: “It’s nice to see new faces signed so quickly after a disappointing season,” he wrote on Kicca. “There’s no doubt though that you associate perspiration rather than inspiration with both but on the back of a 6-1 defeat at Stoke and a poor end of the season we need it! I think Ings will take the role of (Fabio) Borini in the squad and will provide more than he has, that will probably come in the Europa League and Capital One Cup to start with then it will be up to him to show if he deserves to start more.”
Borini who was on his way out last summer but refused to leave for Sunderland and QPR , has been requested for loans on several occasions but the Liverpool board has refused. The future of the Italian is yet to be determined but his agent has stated that soon he will be in discussions with the board.
Martin Skrtel says that Liverpool contract offer is unacceptable and is one of players who are older or have fitness issues. His refusal to sign the new contract has left his Liverpool future in doubt. The Slovakian international is entering the final year of his Liverpool contract and having established himself as the first-choice central defender last season believes he deserves a lot more than a contract based on on playing a high percentage of matches.
When asked what the problem was, Skrtel said: “Sure. I think a contract like this is offered to players who are much older than me or to players who have had some health complications. But I feel good and not so old to sign this contract. Also I think my health is OK. The contract offered is unacceptable for me; this is the reason why I didn’t sign it. I still have a contract running with the club. There was some speculation about interest from other clubs but that is not coming from me. Now I am with the national team and will be going on holiday after that.”
Following the poor debut of £20m Croatia international, Dejan Lovren and Sakho not staying fit throughout last season the solution to this issue must be swift.