Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool have not given up on signing Thomas Ince after failing to land him in January. The Merseysiders looked set to complete the deal, but were unwilling to pay Blackpool’s £6m asking price for a player with only one year left on his contract.
They are hopeful they will be able to land him in the summer for around £4m but will now face competition from other Premier League sides. Reading were interested in January and several of the bigger sides will be keeping track of any developments.
Young Player of the Year
The youngster didn’t let the speculation affect him and continued his good form for Blackpool. He was recently crowned the Championship Young Player of the Year.
Speaking to the Mirror Ince said: “There was something about Liverpool coming in for me in January – and to go to a top club like that would have been fantastic – but I have to realise, it’s about playing football and I don’t think any of the moves were close.
“To have teams of that magnitude saying you’re a decent player, it gives me a smile and flatters me a lot. For me though it’s about putting my faith in Blackpool because without that club, my team-mates and the fans I wouldn’t be Football League Young Player of the Year and the player I am now.
“My dream is to play at the top level and to achieve my ambitions, but it’s all about timing and patience.”
Three years in Liverpool academy
Ince though does have his heart set on a move to Anfield after he spent three years in their youth academy. He left Liverpool after refusing to sign a new contract fearing he would not get regular first team football.
The move proved to be a positive step in his professional career as he has played regular first team football for Blackpool and broken into the England under 21s.
Blackpool are now willing to let Ince leave if the price is right. The current manager at Bloomfield is Paul Ince, Thomas’s dad. He is ready to watch his son follow his footsteps and play for Liverpool, but as a result will be without his best player next season.