Liverpool have reportedly rejected approaches from as many as eight Premier League clubs for striker Danny Ings within the last month. The 24-year-old former Burnley star figures in Jurgen Klopp's plans for the season and the German boss does not intend to let him leave.
Ings has yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this campaign after returning from a long-term knee injury. However, Klopp is a fan of the striker and will apparently reject any further offers for his services that arrive before the transfer window closes.
According to ESPN, eight clubs in England have asked about Ings' availability either on a permanent basis or on loan. One club reportedly suggested they would be willing to pay Liverpool more than £20m ($26.1m) for the player.
So far this season, Ings has only played for the Liverpool under-23 side. Yet Klopp has consistently maintained that he rates Ings and is keen to have him with the first-team this season.
"We're counting on Ingsy. He is a fantastic boy," the Liverpool manager said earlier this month. "He was injured since October last year and he needed time. Now he's getting better and better."
By contrast, Klopp has admitted that Mario Balotelli does not feature in his plans at Anfield. The out-of-favour striker has been linked with numerous clubs across Europe in recent weeks, but has still to seal a move away from the Reds.
"I have spoken clearly to the player about that. I have spoken clearly to the player about that," Klopp previously told the Liverpool Echo. "I know we can't talk about a lot of things because one agent says 'we want to stay', and another says 'we have had 10 offers so we have to leave'. But in this case, it's obvious."