Liverpool reportedly turned down a bid this summer that valued striker Danny Ings at £20 million.
Ings was the subject of a number of loan offers towards the end of the summer transfer window, but Jurgen Klopp held firm, rejecting each.
Klopp’s belief in Ings was seemingly reaffirmed when an unnamed club made an offer worth £20 million for the former Burnley man.
That is according to Tony Barrett, in his first column since leaving the Times, who says “Ings fits in with Klopp’s vision,” leaving the Reds “empowered to reject approaches.”
Ings is yet to feature for Liverpool this season, having to make do with a single appearance on the substitutes’ bench in August’s 5-0 win away to Burton Albion in the League Cup.
He has turned out for the Reds’ U23s side, however, as he builds fitness following an ACL injury last season.
It has been a long road to recovery for the England international, despite returning to take part in Liverpool’s final Premier League clash of 2015/16, away to West Bromwich Albion.
The Reds were required to pay Burnley an initial £6.5 million for Ings’ services following the conclusion of a tribunal in April, with the striker having left the Clarets on the expiry of his contract.
This could rise to £8 million in the future, depending on various add-ons, while Burnley would be due 20 percent of any profit on Ings’ potential sale in the future.
Ings’ record tribunal came after Tottenham Hotspur bid a reported £12 million for his services towards the end of 2014/15, but these figures all indicate this summer’s offer was not a straight bid of £20 million.
In all likelihood, the hopeful party offered an optimistic deal worth up to £20 million, largely consisting of add-ons.
That Liverpool would be required to hand Burnley a possible £2.7 million of this would further deter them from accepting an offer.
But it seems that it is Klopp’s faith in Ings that fuelled the Reds’ stubborn approach.