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Klopp happy for ex-player Ings, but hopes he doesn't score against Reds

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is happy for their former player Danny Ings, but hopes that the Southampton striker won't continue his rich vein of form when both sides meet at Anfield on Saturday (Feb 1).

Ings has been the catalyst for the Saints' climb up the table in recent weeks with seven wins in their last 11 games.

The 27-year-old Englishman left Liverpool for St Mary’s in 2018 after an injury-ravaged spell at Anfield and Klopp is delighted he has regained form and fitness with 14 goals in 24 league appearances this season.

“Everybody in this building is so happy about the situation of Danny. Even if he is not (here) any more, he is still our boy, kind of, and we all follow each step of his career,” added the German.

“We are celebrating goals he scores – that will be different (on Saturday) obviously, but apart from the games against us, we couldn’t wish him better than we do. He is such a wonderful person.”

Klopp added that the Reds’ forward planning meant there was no need to be busy in the January transfer window as they close in on a first league title for 30 years.

The Reds are 19 points clear at the top of the English Premier League with just 14 games left.

The European champions secured the signing of Japanese international Takumi Minamino before the window even opened in December, but the former Salzburg midfielder is their only new recruit over the past month.

“The better the season is, the better the squad is, the less you have to do, the more you are happy with the players you have,” said Klopp on Friday.

“Which is always the plan in the summer, that you don’t have to be too busy in the winter.

“Injuries can change these ideas a lot – and we had injuries, but most of the players are back or coming back.”

The runaway EPL leaders can extend their advantage at the top to 22 points with victory over the Saints. – AFP

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