When word came through, just after 3pm, on the final day of the summer transfer window that Liverpool had rejected a bid for Ragnar Klavan, many joked that Manchester United were getting desperate.
Ings's progress at Anfield was hampered by two serious knee injuries sustained during his time at the club.
Ings has joined the club on an initial season-long loan, after which the deal can become permanent in July 2019 for £18million.
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And Klopp insists that is in no way indicative of a lack of quality on Ings' part as he revealed that he was one of the players the manager was most looking forward to working with when he took over in October 2015. Last season, Burnley surprised everyone, maintaining seventh place the whole season.
Sean Dyche's side finished seventh in the Premier League last term and will be hoping for another solid season.
"I think whenever you have a player who has a real feeling for the club that he's playing for and a special connection and an empathy, I think that makes a difference. I think he sees the potential here and the ambition of the club to do well once again".
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Hughes has no concerns over Ings' injury past.
The manager was quick to reference the instant lift that Ings, rejected as a 10-year-old schoolboy by Southampton after being deemed too small, has provided and how he is confident his five summer signings can help them solve their goalscoring troubles.
"We're the ideal club for him at this point in his career", Hughes said.
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"Clearly there's enthusiasm from him". If I make that decision, he'll be ready to go.