Danny Ings £20m price tag set by Liverpool with Crystal Palace leading chase for striker
Liverpool are refusing to budge from their £20m valuation of Danny Ings.
The striker is expected to leave Anfield this summer with a host of clubs interested in signing him.
Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in Ings, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Ings is only 26 and Liverpool believe whoever he decides to join will have struck lucky.
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to lose Ings, who is a popular member of the squad and provides decent back-up for the frontline.
However, Klopp understands his reasons for wanting to move on and is prepared to reluctantly sanction the sale. Two serious knee injuries wrecked his first two seasons at the club and he found his opportunities limited last term, making just three starts and 11 substitute appearances.
The former Burnley frontman, who cost the Reds £6.5million, returned to full training with the Liverpool squad in Evian this week but he won’t feature in Saturday’s penultimate friendly against Napoli in Dublin.
Ings is still building up his fitness after suffering from blisters and an ankle problem, which he sustained in the opening friendly of the summer against Chester.
Rather than travel on last week’s tour of America, he stayed on Merseyside and trained at Melwood instead.
“Danny, very positive now, very unlucky before,” Klopp said.
“I know a lot of people probably thought ‘oh my God again’ (when he got injured), but it wasn’t again, it was something completely new.
“When I saw the challenge it was like ‘wow’. He came kind of through that game but we said ‘come on, let it settle’.
“He was long term fit last season, he played games and then came back for pre-season. He’s done all the physical stuff so he’s fit but we’re careful with that and won’t rush things.
“We will see what happens on Saturday. We have to integrate three or four offensive players for that game so maybe it’s not Danny’s game. But he’s in training again and all is good.”