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Danny Ings has been seriously in demand..

Liverpool rejected eight bids for Danny Ings this summer

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Danny Ings has been the subject of eight separate transfer bids this summer, all of which Liverpool have rejected.

According to ESPN, almost half of the Premier League have tried and failed to secure a loan move for the former Burnley striker. That is despite the fact he is yet to fully recover from the serious knee injury that kept him out for much of the last campaign.

Ings is still working his way back to full fitness following the cruciate ligament tear last year and has hardly featured under Jurgen Klopp's stewardship.

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He did play in the final game of the last Premier League season and in preseason games against Barcelona and Chelsea but has yet to play in a competitive fixture in the current campaign.

Competing with Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi for a place in the starting lineup, it was only natural for other clubs to wonder whether the 24-year-old was in Klopp's long-term plans.

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Klopp loves him

But it appears that Ings has managed to convince Klopp of his ability with the German coach determined to keep him beyond the summer transfer window.

"We're counting on Ingsy. He is a fantastic boy," Klopp said earlier this month. "He was injured since October last year and he needed time. Now he's getting better and better.

“He knows himself that in the first two or three weeks of pre-season even though he scored in the games it was too intense for him. We had to rest him a few times. It wasn’t a real reaction of the knee but it was about feeling comfortable.”

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Mystery offer

The eight clubs came in with a variety of offers ranging from a season-long loan deal to a permanent transfer bid worth in excess of £20m. That would have been an impressive profit for Liverpool, who paid just £6.5m in compensation fees after he joined on a Bosman rule transfer.

The excessive offer is made all the more surprising by the fact that Ings barely played for the Reds before his injury and there is no guarantee he can get back to his best after a long spell of rehabilitation.

One club who could have made such an offer is Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino was keen to land the England international last summer and had a £12m bid accepted by Burnley just weeks before his contract expired.

Sunderland are another club rumoured to have tried and failed to sign him on a temporary basis while Crystal Palace may have made an attempt before eventually moving for Christian Benteke.

Ings has already played for Liverpool's Under-23 side this season and was seen warming up alongside the substitutes at White Hart Lane despite not being part of the 18-man squad.

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