​Senior figures at Liverpool are said to be 'baffled' by suggestions that striker Danny Ings could be set to leave the club this summer, with reports instead claiming that manager Jurgen Klopp is actually a big fan of the 23-year-old former Burnley man. 


Ings missed the majority of his first season at Anfield with a cruciate ligament injury, only returning on the final day of the season to play the final 25 minutes of a 1-1 draw with West Brom. Prior to that, he had last featured in Brendan Rogers' final match as Reds coach - another 1-1 draw, this time with Everton, in which Ings scored his side's only goal. 

The Liverpool Echo report that despite claims of interest from Rangers and Swansea, Klopp is keen to make Ings a key part of his setup next season, leaving him to compete up front with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi - with Christian Benteke's Anfield future looking ever more uncertain after a difficult first season following his £32.5m move. 


Ings' high-energy play is expected to fit well with the mentality installed at the club by Klopp, with constant pressing and a high tempo both key components of the playing style he hopes to continue to install in his squad ahead of the new season. 

Meanwhile, the Echo also report that the Reds are unlikely to sign out of favour Real Madrid man Mateo Kovacic, who had been linked with a move to Anfield this summer. The Croatia international is expected to leave the Bernabeu sooner rather than later, with first team chances limited behind their formidable first team, but Klopp isn't said to be interested in a move.


The report went on to list five players that are claimed to be genuine transfer targets in Leicester left-back Ben Chillwell, Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud and Southampton’s Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze.


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