Jamie Carragher pleased with Liverpool's signings

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Jamie Carragher is pleased with Liverpool signing both Danny Ings and James Milner and believes latter will add much needed experience to Brendan Rodgers' squad.

The Reds inked a deal with Ings on Monday from Burnley after the striker rejected a new deal with the Lancashire outfit.

Ings performed well this season netting 11 Premier League goals for the relegated Clarets and earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad for this summers Under-21s European Championships. 

Liverpool beat a host of clubs to the 22-year-old's signature including Tottenham Hotspur and Real Sociedad and Carragher feels Ings will settle in well at Anfield.

"He did very well at Burnley," the Sky Sports pundit told

"You could see his hold-up play and his work ethic, and when he got chances he finished more often than not. He had a very good season.

"He is someone Brendan Rodgers knows from the lower leagues from years before. It will be up to him when he gets chances to try to get goals that will cement him in the first team."


One thing that the Merseyside club lacked this term was goals. They were distinctly toothless in front of goal and netted just 52 all year, the worst tally of those who finished in the top-seven.

Rodgers failed to replace Luis Suarez who left for Barcelona last summer and did not consider Daniel Sturridge's injury record and paid for it as the England international spent most of the campaign on the side-lines through a series of thigh and hip injuries. 

Mario Balotelli was bought for £16 million from AC Milan last summer and was a risk when first signed due to his controversial career up to that point. Many doubted the Italian before he even kicked a ball at Anfield and they proved correct as his maiden season was well below par as he scored just four goals in all competitions.

Rickie Lambert also joined the Reds last summer and Fabio Borini returned from a fairly successful loan spell at Sunderland, however, Rodgers was reluctant to play the pair, especially the latter.

Raheem Sterling occupied the number nine role for a large proportion and although he faired better than his counterparts, his finishing ultimately let him down. 

Champions League football is the principle aim next season and significantly improving their finishing will be a massive factor in doing so. Ings offers Liverpool a new lease of life upfront and did well to score as many as 11 for a poor Burnley side was a solid effort and should be given much better service next year.


Last week, Milner became Liverpool's first signing of the summer also on a free transfer after he rejected a new contract at Manchester City.

The former Leeds United man had a decent season Milner  at the Ethihad as he grabbed eight goals in all competitions playing unselfishly in a number of positions for Manuel Pellegrini throughout the year, including striker.

The Reds once again fought off stiff competition for Milner's signature, this time from Arsenal, and Carragher has backed his former England team-mate to thrive at Anfield.

"You know what he's about in terms of his work ethic and his great stamina," the 37-year-old added

"Every time we played Manchester City, the fitness coach would come in with the running stats and he would always blow everyone off the chart.

"That's his game, so he'll bring that to the club. He gets goals as well, which is an added bonus.

"He's also an experienced player who has won trophies and that's what we need at this time in the squad."

Milner will likely replace Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park and play a leading role in Rodgers' squad.

He will join Jordan Henderson in the centre-of-midfield and the two are renowned for the energy they offer from the first to the final whistle, which will make it a gruelling task for the opposition to break down Liverpool.

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