As one of four new arrivals for Liverpool this summer, Danny Ings has spoken of his move to one of Europe's biggest clubs, which has been made all the more spectacular considering his position just five years ago, when he was playing non-league football for Dorchester Town.
Currently away in Czech Republic playing for England at the Under-21 European Championships, Ings' rise from footballing obscurity in the Conference South division, to representing his country in a major international tournament has been the stuff of dreams.
Speaking for the first time since joining Liverpool from Burnley, he revealed his feelings upon sealing such a lucrative move but insisted he has other business to attend to first with the Under-21's before moving his thoughts towards his new side.
A SPECIAL MOVE
After coming on as a second half substitute in yesterday's 1-0 win against Sweden in the Group B match, he told Sky Sports: "Words can't describe the move that I've got for myself.
"But, at the same time, I've worked my way up from the bottom so it's even more special for me.
“It is a massive achievement for me and my family. It is a challenge that I am really looking forward to. I am here at the moment and this is my main focus, but when pre-season comes along I will get my head down and work hard to be the best I can be.”
Having been sent on-loan to Dorchester Town whilst still at Bournemouth during the 2010-11, season his progression through the ranks of non-league up to the Premier League follows an emerging trend of English footballers who have all taken the same path.
Rickie Lambert, Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy all spent part of their career playing outside of the football League, however, upon reaching the Premier League they have equally all received a call-up to the England senior side and in the case of Lambert, even managed to play in last summer's World Cup, so the omens are good for Ings.
The move from Burnley to Liverpool will bring about an increased level of pressure and expectation that the 22-year-old won't be used to, though the enormity of what lies ahead has not been lost on Ings, who states that he is eager to continue his development at a higher level.
"It's a challenge I'm looking forward to, I'd never get complacent with anything like that.
"Now I've got that move, I'll work even harder to try and get into that team and be the best professional I can be."
Far from feeling that he has reached his summit, Ing's steady progression suggests that at just 22-years-old there is a lot more to come from the young striker. Moving to Liverpool will provide him with the opportunity to showcase his talents to a wider audience, and perhaps it'll be enough to ensure he becomes the latest product of non-league football to reach the England team.
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