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Danny Ings joins Southampton on season-long loan from Liverpool

12 August 2018

Southampton will be hoping for an improve Premier League campaign this time around.

Danny Ings is signed with Southampton on a season-long loan ahead of a permanent move next year.

Ings was keen to secure regular first team football this season as he bids to put a spell of injury hell behind him - and the competition for places at Anfield is fierce.

And Klopp insists that is in no way indicative of a lack of quality on Ings' part as he revealed that he was one of the players the manager was most looking forward to working with when he took over in October 2015. "The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him", Klopp said. At times in the last couple of seasons the fare on offer has not been what everybody wanted, for whatever reason.

He said: "We hope so".

"I think that's one of the reasons why he made the decision to come here over and above other clubs, who really showed a lot of interest in him".

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Hughes admitted there is a chance Ings could be thrown straight into the action.

In fact, Hughes views Ings as a ideal fit and admits he could be thrown straight into frontline action against Burnley in the Premier League curtain raiser tomorrow.

The 26-year-old, rejected by Saints at the age of 10 for being too small, is itching to make his debut against former club Burnley on Sunday.

"We're the flawless club for him at this point in his career", Hughes said.

"Now going back to his home club where all the way started [for him] if you want, so it's nice for him", the Liverpool boss stressed. They sacked Mauricio Pellegrino and replaced him with Mark Hughes in an effort to stay up and, though the new manager was able to steer them to safety, a total of just 36 points would have seen them relegated in most seasons.

Danny Ings joins Southampton on season-long loan from Liverpool