Liverpool's Danny Ings joins Southampton on loan

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Liverpool transfer new Jurgen Klopp has been busy during the window

Liverpool striker Danny Ings has joined Southampton on loan and will make a £20 million ($26m) permanent switch to St Mary's next summer.

Liverpool will receive a fee believed to be worth £18m next summer when their sale of Danny Ings to Southampton is confirmed, but Burnley look set to receive £2.3m from the transfer, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The former Burnley man handed in a transfer request earlier in the summer and with it clear that Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mané aren't about to be usurped as Klopp's first choice front three, he has left in search of more regular game time.

But Ings' career at Anfield has been hampered by injuries as he was required to twice battle back from serious knee problems during his time with the Reds.

Although the deal is initially a loan, the Liverpool Echo report that Southampton will be obliged to pay a minimum £18million on July 1, 2019.

Southampton saw off "significant competition" from Ings and manager Mark Hughes was delighted to secure his signature. "He's obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front and has a real point to prove".

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Jurgen Klopp has commented on Danny Ings' Liverpool departure to join Southampton.

'It's a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we're excited about what he can bring to the group'.

"It is a very unusual feeling saying goodbye to Danny". Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide - he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. Divock Origi and Sheyi Ojo are both expected to move on, while Ings' future is very much up in the air.

"We're the ideal club for him at this point in his career".

"It's his home, his family is there, it's his boyhood club".

"We all know his story and the bad luck he has had since then".

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