‘Everybody here is so happy about Danny – we are celebrating goals he scores’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pays glowing tribute to ex-Reds striker Ings as he gets set to welcome him back to Anfield with Southampton
- Danny Ings has scored 14 Premier League goals for Southampton this season
- His return to form comes after injuries derailed his time with Liverpool
- Reds boss Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Ings ahead of facing him on Saturday
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his joy at seeing the re-emergence of former Liverpool striker Danny Ings at Southampton.
Klopp will welcome Ings back to Anfield on Saturday when Liverpool meet Southampton in the Premier League after he left for St Mary’s in search of regular first-team football in 2018 after a string of injuries.
Ings has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season and appears in line for a recall to the England squad in March.
Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Danny Ings ahead of Liverpool’s match with Southampton
Ings has regained full fitness and has scored 14 Premier League goals so far this season
‘Everybody here in this building is so happy about Danny,’ Klopp said. ‘He is still our boy, we are celebrating goals he scores but that will be different tomorrow.
‘Apart from the games against us, we could not wish him better than we do. He is such a wonderful person. We had an intense time together and unfortunately he was not involved in game time and I think going to Southampton was a perfect decision.
‘Now he has rhythm back and he is on fire and the whole team is on fire. The turnaround is incredible. We wish him all the best but not tomorrow.’
Klopp said that it is ‘wonderful’ to see Ings scoring regularly for Southampton
Ings joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Burnley in 2015 but his playing time was curtailed by two ligament injuries in his right knee.
‘I came in, October 2015 and Ingsy got injured in the first session, my first session, obviously not a good start and from this moment on people in the medical department worked their socks off,’ Klopp said.
‘He came back and got injured again. Not cool, lot of worries if you have these type of difficult injuries. He is a positive person but in these moments you have ups and downs. Seeing him now performing with consistency is just wonderful.’