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Danny Ings on becoming important again

Danny Ings

Danny Ings is hoping to become a player of importance at Southampton after failing to make a positive impact at Anfield.

The former Liverpool hitman joined the Saints in the summer following a number of miserable years on Merseyside due to two serious injuries.

Ings was a popular member of Jürgen Klopp’s squad and he left Anfield with a glowing reference from the boss about his mentality and professionalism. Klopp has even admitted to missing having him around Melwood and the feeling is mutual.

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Commenting on his fresh start, Ings said: “There is a part of me that will miss them, as Liverpool is a club of such magnitude.

“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.”

The 26-year-old is also hoping that his attempt to relaunch his career at Southampton will help him further his England career. Having turned out for The Three Lions only once, back in October 2015, Ings is hoping to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

He added: “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.”