Danny Ings on why he had to leave Liverpool

Visibly invigorated, Southampton striker Danny Ings has started life at his hometown club in impressive fashion, notching three goals in five games in the Premier League.

Ings is currently on a year-long loan from Liverpool ahead of a permanent move to be made next summer.

He was always going to leave Liverpool in the last transfer window and is happy how everything has panned out, though he says he will always have an affinity for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

“There is a part of me that will miss them, as Liverpool is a club of such magnitude,” Ings told the Daily Mail.

”I was part of a squad that reached the Champions League final last year. But the feeling [of being important] is something I’ve craved for a long time.

“I want to show people what I can do again.”

Ings has one cap for England and is hoping his resurgence as a Southampton player will one day see Gareth Southgate call him up to the Three Lions team to add to his tally.

Southgate has managed Ings before, coaching the England U21s.

Given how he suffered a knee injury shortly after his sole England appearance against Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier – and the subsequent work he’s had to put in to just get back playing football again – Ings is happy to have played for his country, but is firmly fixed on looking ahead and not being a one-cap wonder.

“I don’t want to be a guy that has got one cap. I have had lots of hurdles to overcome and now feel I’ve got over the last hurdle. I’m just working as hard as I can now to try and get another moment someday. Hopefully one day it will happen. I’m back in a happy place.”