The 26-year-old joined the Saints on loan and will make the move permanent next year, but is vying for his former team-mate’s Golden Boot prize
Danny Ings says his goal scoring start to life at Southampton is due in part to Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
The 26-year-old joined the Saints initially on loan at the start of the season and revealed he has a friendly bet with his former team-mate on who will score more goals for their club.
Ings has scored two goals in his four Premier League appearances, as has Salah so far.
“He’s not going to have to buy me a car or anything if I win – although he can if he wants,” said Ings.
“He proposed the bet on messages when I left. Hopefully we’ll both score plenty of goals. It would be incredible to beat him, wouldn’t it? I’m just working every day to improve.”
Ings joined Liverpool in 2015, but his career at Anfield didn’t get going owing to a series of setbacks with his knee and suggested he is not confident of winning his bet. After all, he is competing against a man who scored 44 goals in all competitions last season.
“I’ve missed a lot of ¬football. But, of course, it’s not a cash bet. I wouldn’t be stupid enough to put any cash on it. It’s just a bit of banter.
“People would think I’m mad to take on that bet if there was cash ¬involved. I don’t have a goals target. I don’t want to limit ¬myself on what I can achieve. As long as we’re ¬winning I’m happy.”