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'Heartbreaking' Champions League Final Confirmed Ings' Liverpool Exit

'Heartbreaking' Champions League Final Confirmed Ings' Liverpool Exit
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Having arrived at Liverpool as a 23-year-old with a solitary international appearance to his name, Danny Ings is determined that his move to Southampton will help him become more than a one-cap-wonder.

Plagued by injuries during his spell at Anfield, the attacking proficiency of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane left him convinced that this was a trio he had little chance of penetrating.

Speaking to The Times, Ings reflected on a season that left him 'heartbroken', and convinced that he would have to leave Liverpool - despite his persistent admiration for Jurgen Klopp.

A peripheral figure at the best of times, it was his omission from the Liverpool squad for the Champions League final that hurt him most.

“That was one of the moments that obviously broke my heart. For any player to play a part in the Champions League, coming on in games, to not then be part of the final was absolutely heartbreaking."

Featuring here and there during Liverpool's memorable run to the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, being left sitting in stands confirmed what was becoming abundantly clear to the former Bournemouth man.

“It wasn’t just that night that helped me make the decision. There were a few squads I wasn’t in, or times I didn’t come off the bench, and you go home and you feel you have so much to give."

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Always aware that there "is such a strong squad at Liverpool," Ings is remarkably content despite his move away from the club.

With that attacking trio and Klopp in place, Ings believes the club "are going to do absolutely humongous things."

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