Michael Edwards to Pull Off Another Masterclass

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It seems that Liverpool’s sporting director, Michael Edwards, has pulled off another masterclass piece of business this summer.

Reports emerging are suggesting that Liverpool striker Danny Ings is close to agreeing a move to Crystal Palace for a deal in the region of £25 million.

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After recruiting Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, who were notoriously reluctant to let the player leave,  Fabinho from Monaco, seemingly out of nowhere, Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke for £13 million, and Alisson Becker for £67 million, Edwards has pulled off an incredibly shrewd piece of business once again.

Danny ings joined Liverpool from Burnley in 2015, shortly before Jurgen Klopp took over at the helm. The initial fee for Ings of £6.5 million (and £1.5 million in add-ons based on performances) was decided at a tribunal as the player was under 24 and Burnley were subsequently owed a developmental fee.

Unfortunately for Ings, he was injured during his first training session under Jurgen Klopp, injuring his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Many had expected Ings to thrive under Klopp due to his stamina and keenness to press the opposition. But unfortunately, injuries haven’t allowed Ings to succeed at Liverpool as initially hoped so, scoring only 4 goals in 25 appearances during 3 years with the reds.

However, Ings is a proven goal-threat when fit, having scored 43 goals in 130 appearances for Burnley prior to his move to Liverpool.

What makes this transfer seem like a masterclass is that Liverpool are infact making a profit on a player that hasn’t really had much of an impact, selling him for almost 4x what Liverpool paid for him in 2015.

It’s also worth remembering that Liverpool have sold Benteke to Palace previously for £32 million, recouping the fee originally paid for him, and Mamadou Sakho to Palace for £24 million. This equates to £81 million for 3 players that were deemed to surplus to requirements at the club.

Here’s to hoping that Michael Edwards can pull off more great business in the future.

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