Liverpool were left baffled by rumours that striker Danny Ings could be on his way to Scottish outfit Rangers.
This has been reported by the Liverpool Echo, who claim that the Merseyside outfit have no plans to offload the forward in this transfer window.
It had been documented that Rangers, who have recently been promoted to the Scottish Premiership, were ready to secure the player's signature on a loan or permanent deal.
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Ings, 23, endured a torrid debut season at Anfield after picking up a cruciate ligament injury but returned to first-team action against West Brom on the final day of the campaign.
Despite Ings' injury nightmare, it appears that Reds chief Klopp is ready to hand him a chance to prove his credentials next term.
Ings ideal fit
Indeed, the same report from the Echo claims that the striker's energy makes him a fine fit for Klopp's style at Liverpool.
And it's hard to disagree; Klopp has quickly changed the dynamic of the Liverpool team and Ings appears to be a natural fit.
But it must also be documented that Ings has more to his game than just energy. He's certainly got an eye for goal and should bring even more creativity to the Liverpool ranks in the 2016/17 season.
It's not entirely surprising, then, that the Liverpool hierarchy were surprised by the rumour involving Rangers and Ings.
But will Ings play a prominent role next season? Well, as it stands, he will come up against the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi for a starting place.
Sturridge is quite clearly the club's most natural striker in front of goal, but it's now crucial that he stays fit for a full season.
Benteke, meanwhile, is surely worried about his long-term future at Anfield. It's clear for all to see that, unlike Ings, he's not a player that suits Klopp's style. Last season was a difficult one for the Belgium international and it's unlikely that things will improve for him anytime soon. It may well be for the best that he departs the club in the immediate future.
His compatriot Origi does have an exciting future at the club, however; he stepped up towards the end of last season and quickly established himself as an important player for the club.
The end may well be near for Benteke at Liverpool, but Ings, Sturridge and Origi should have everything to play for next season.
Liverpool fans: do you expect Ings to play a key role in the 2016/17 campaign? Have your say below!
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