John Aldridge pleased with Liverpool signing Danny Ings

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John Aldridge has hailed Liverpool's signing of Danny Ings and has called the transfer a "no-brainer."

Ings moved to the Reds from Burnley on Monday on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal with the Lancashire club.

The 22-year-old was also being tracked by Tottenham Hotspur and David Moyes' Real Sociedad, however, has agreed personnel terms with Liverpool and will meet up with Brendan Rodgers' squad in July, subject to a medical.

The former Bournemouth striker had a successful season and scored 11 goals for the relegated Clarets, which included strikes against Manchester United and Everton.

And Aldridge has tipped Ings to be highly successful at Anfield.

"Danny Ings is, for me, a no-brainer," he told Liverpool's official website.

"The young lad scored 11 goals for Burnley, a team struggling for points, struggling for goals - and he's on the verge of breaking through to the England side.

"He's [young] and is one who has great potential. He's a goalscorer, he knows where the net is, his movement's good and he's quick.

"He can finish, he's quite clinical in front of goal, so he's a player that will only get better."

Early Business

Ings becomes Liverpool's second signing in as many weeks following James Milner, who also joined on a free transfer.

Rodgers is desperate to tie up players and keep competition away and is acting early on his new recruits to add depth to his squad. 

Ings is a signing that has divided the opinion of many Kopites; some go with Aldridge's verdict that he will quickly improve with age and for the small tribunal fee that Liverpool will have to pay Burnley, is a bargain. 11 top-flight goals at a poor Burnley side - three more than all four of the Reds' four senior strikers put together - is a decent return and he should get better once again, especially playing alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Ibe.

However, some Kopites feel that Ings isn't the marque signing needed to thrust them back into the top-four. Liverpool were distinctly lacklustre in-front of goal this year due to the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the series of injuries Daniel Struddige suffered and the failure of Mario Balotelii seen them net just 52 Premier League goals and were nowhere near clinical enough.

Rodgers needs a striker who will guarantee 20 goals plus a season. Although Ings netted 11, goals often came far between and had long goalless streaks on more than one occasion.

Sign Of Times

With Liverpool not competing in next year's Champions League, they could well struggle to attract the world's top players like they used to. 

Playing in Europe's elite club competition means everything to a player and Memphis Depay's move to Manchester United instead of the Merseyside club highlights this. 

Kopites want to see their team buying top-class footballers, but may have to get used to just decent players joining.

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