Chester FC v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Danny Ings of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly between Chester FC and Liverpool on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has welcomed the loan signing of Danny Ings from Liverpool

The English forward had been made available to leave Liverpool throughout the summer, but a loan deal to the Saints only materialised within the closing minutes of the transfer window on Thursday.

A return to St Mary’s was always the priority of Ings, after a frustrating three seasons at Liverpool that has been overshadowed by serious knee injuries.

“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us,” said Hughes, according to the Irish Examiner.

“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.

“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.

“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove.

“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to his departed forward.

“It is a very strange feeling saying goodbye to Danny. The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him,” said the German.

“He is such an outstanding boy. Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide – he is so incredibly positive and full of energy.

“But we won’t just miss his character because he is a footballer who has all the tools.”

In his three years at Anfield, Ings made just 25 appearances.