DANNY INGS scored his 50th Premier League goal with a genius chip to give Southampton an early lead against old club Liverpool.
The striker, 28, spent three seasons at Anfield after being signed from Burnley in 2015.
Danny Ings scored a brilliant chip against old side Liverpool for his 50th Premier League goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ings did not celebrate as he was mobbed by team-mates in an empty St Mary’s.
But he did manage to crack a smile as they reminded him of just how good his lob from a narrow angle was.
Southampton held on to win with boss Ralph Hasenhuttl breaking down in tears after a heroic effort.
Matchwinner Ings said: “We knew it would be tough and it was so important that we were disciplined when we didn’t have the ball. To get the result we did was huge.
“We all know how good Prowsey is on set-pieces and all the parts came together and luckily I got the goal.
“We had a chat before the game to see if there was a moment where we could get in quickly and luckily it paid off. Overall we’re really happy with the performance.
“It’s great to be in this position. The last couple of seasons have been very difficult at this time and to have this start this year is great but we are going to try to keep improving.
“We don’t want to stand still, we want to keep going.”
Injury problems saw Ings limited to just 25 games during his time with Liverpool.
And Klopp offloaded him to Southampton in 2018 after adding the likes of Mo Salah to his ranks.
But Ings has been a revelation since joining the Saints, scoring 22 Premier League goals last term.
Ings’ fine form could attract further interest from rival clubs after Spurs failed to land him last summer.
Reflecting on the approach from Jose Mourinho, Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl said: “Ings knows hat he has with us.
Ings did not celebrate but did crack a smile after being mobbed by Southampton teammatesCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
“He was at one time at a big club. But he knows how good it feels to play every week, every game and to be in a team where everybody loves him.
“There is absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere. He is 100 per cent happy to be here.
“It is not discussable we let go of one of the best players in Europe.”