Fans have been reacting on social media to Danny Ings’ season-long loan move to Southampton from Liverpool.
The deal was agreed by both clubs yesterday, ahead of a permanent move worth £20 million next summer.
Ings began his career further along the south coast, with Bournemouth, before moving to Burnley in 2011, going on to make 130 appearances and scoring 43 goals for the Clarets.
His form at Turf Moor earned him a move to Anfield in 2015 and, although he was restricted by injury, the forward impressed during his time on the pitch in Merseyside.
Southampton manager Mark Hughes said:
“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us.
“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.
“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.
“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove.
“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.”
Speaking of his delight at a return to his hometown club, Danny said:
“When this football club came up, I had to take the opportunity to come home. It’s a fantastic football club who play great football and I’m just happy here.
“You can tell that as a club it’s very, very organised. From the start, everyone I’ve met has been fantastic with me and shown me every single detail I need to know. The facilities are great and I can’t wait to get started.”
The striker’s boss on Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp, has wished well, praising his courage in the face of problems with injuries in recent years.
"It is a very strange feeling saying goodbye to Danny. The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him." ❤️https://t.co/uwtGfzlBql— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 9, 2018
You can watch Danny's interview with Southampton's press team below.