Liverpool target Danny Ings has revealed how he used to idolise former Kop striker Michael Owen, and could emulate his boyhood hero if he were to move to Merseyside this month.

In an exclusive interview with Sports Direct News, the Burnley marksman - who has been linked with an £8million move to Anfield by the Daily Mail - intimated that he used to look up to the ex-England international during his early playing days.

"I always liked Michael Owen when he was in his prime," said Ings. "Because of the way he played, making runs in from behind and clinical in front of the goal."

The 21-year-old has already netted 21 Championship goals this season, prompting admiring glances from a number of Premier League suitors, including Newcastle United, Stoke City and Aston Villa.

However, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be boosted by the news that Ings admired Owen, who himself enjoyed 13 years at Anfield, breaking through the club's academy to net 118 goals in 216 first-team appearances.

The Clarets ace has also been capped at England U21 level, but will need to leave Turf Moor and play in the Premier League, if he is to have any chance of making his way into Roy Hodgson's senior squad.

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