Ings admits he was "very surprised" by Klopp decision in Liverpool defeat

Southampton forward Danny Ings says he was left surprised by his former Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp during the Saints' 1-0 win over the Reds on Monday.

Ex-Liverpool forward Ings scored what proved to be the game's only goal in the second minute of the match at St Mary's, as his lofted finish beat Alisson Becker.

The Reds had come into the game knowing that both Manchester clubs are breathing down their necks in the title race, with the loss meaning that Man Utd could overtake them at the top when they go to Burnley next week.

With Joel Matip joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines through injury, Klopp opted to field Jordan Henderson in defence alongside Fabinho, who has had to become accustomed to the role this season.

Neither player could really be blamed for the goal, but their influence in midfield was missed as the Reds turned to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was making his first league start of the season, and Thiago Alcantara, who was making just his second.

Ings says he was shocked to see his old teammate Henderson at the back.

“I actually was, yeah. I was very surprised,” he told Sky Sports.

“They have such a strong squad they have players who can play in different roles. So we still had to be focused because he’s a top player and a top pro.”

Henderson was preferred by Klopp to youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, both of whom have already seen more game-time than they would have expected this season.

The Reds are being tipped by many to sign a centre-back in the January transfer window, although Klopp has so far remained tight-lipped on the possibility.

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