Hasenhuttl - Team the priority for Ings

04 July 2020 22:39:58 GMTPlus10

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is ready to help Danny Ings in the race for the Golden Boot but insists the striker's focus is on winning matches.

Forward Ings joined Liverpool from Burnley in 2015 but injuries meant he struggled for first-team action at Anfield and was loaned out to Southampton for the 2018/19 season, signing a permanent deal with the south coast club for £18 million last summer.

If he scores, but we lose, he will not be happy.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

The 27-year-old has gone on to enjoy a superb season with the Saints, netting 18 goals in 32 Premier League matches this season, leaving him just one behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy who are tied on 19 strikes.

Southampton are pulling away from the drop zone and ahead of Sunday's visit of Manchester City, boss Hasenhuttl believes Ings, who was nominated for June's Premier League Player of the Month, is primarily focused on the team's performances.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Hasenhuttl said: "I think he is more motivated in winning games. He wants to help the team win games.

"If he scores, but we lose, he will not be happy.

"We want to win and we want to help him be the top scorer, we look for him and this is looking out for each other."

Southampton are 9.00 to beat Manchester City, who are 1.30 to win with the draw 5.75, in the Premier League.

Ings is 3.00 to score at any time.

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