After impressing on the Clarets’ promotion to the Premier League in 2014/15, Ings earned a move to Liverpool, who ultimately paid an initial £6.5 million after a tribunal.
But two serious knee injuries hampered his progress at Anfield, limiting him to just 25 appearances in three years.
Despite interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, Liverpool were unable to seal a deal for Ings until the last hour of Thursday’s deadline.
Ings has now joined Southampton on a season-long loan, and will make a permanent return to his native Hampshire on July 1 next year.
Liverpool will receive £18 million up front, with a further £2 million in add-ons, and negotiated a 20 percent sell-on clause in their deal.
A tumultuous period on Merseyside has set Ings back significantly, having made his England debut shortly before his ACL injury in October of 2015.
But joining Mark Hughes’ Saints could give him the opportunity to revive his career, and a move back to familiar settings should be a welcome one.
He departs Liverpool with the reluctant blessing of Jurgen Klopp, with the manager aware his opportunities were limited.
All the best, Danny.