"Before joining I tried to watch as many games on tape as I could from the season so far and Danny stood out as someone I was really looking forward to coaching".
Ings's progress at Anfield was hampered by two serious knee injuries sustained during his time at the club.
Striker Danny Ings has joined Southampton on a season-long loan which will be made permanent at the end of the 2018-19 season. "The biggest emotion is how much we will miss him", he told the club website. Ings's former strike-partner at Burnley, whom Southampton host on Sunday - finished last season as joint-top scorer with just seven goals and no player has reached double figures in all competitions since 2015-16. Last season, Burnley surprised everyone, maintaining seventh place the whole season. "We hope it is, we suspect it is, a year ago in terms of how the season panned out." he said.
"I think whenever you have a player who has a real feeling for the club that he's playing for and a special connection and an empathy, I think that makes a difference".
In fact, Hughes views Ings as a flawless fit and admits he could be thrown straight into frontline action against Burnley in the Premier League curtain raiser tomorrow.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Hughes admitted there is a chance Ings could be thrown straight into the action.
For Ings, who has agreed a four-year contract, it is a return to his hometown club who originally released him aged 10 because he was too small. But clearly there's enthusiasm from him, I'm sure, that he'd want to be part of that'. "If I make that decision he'd be ready but we'll see how he does in the next two days".