His talent, pedigree and production have all made the 20-year-old a highly rated prospect, and this has led to a significant amount of speculation over Ince’s exit this winter. Per Sky Sports, Blackpool manager Michael Appleton said, "There have been no bids as far as I'm aware. I think there have been conversations with a couple of clubs and the chairman, but nothing concrete.”
While this is certainly not a commitment to part ways with Ince, the club is moving towards selling its top prospect, and the Sky Sports report puts his price tag at £7 million.
Brendan Rodgers has been starting a youth movement at Anfield this season, and Ince would fit seamlessly into this trend.
After signing Joe Allen and Fabio Borini this summer, Rodgers has also made use of Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and Suso frequently this season. None of these players are over 22 years old.
His age is not the only attribute that would make him a smart signing. The talented winger—whose father is former England captain Paul Ince—would give the Reds another creative attacking force in the midfield.
In 19 championship matches for Blackpool, Ince has 13 goals and nine assists. These statistics show that he is ready for a higher level of competition.
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With a stable of young attacking midfielders with vast amounts of potential, Rodgers would have a core of players to build around for many years to come.
Every part of this move is perfect. Ince even spent his youth career at Anfield, and he would have few problems adjusting to the move as he would be heading towards familiar surroundings.
Even the timing is ideal. While the midfield would be crowded after this potential signing, Nuri Sahin will be headed back to Real Madrid after his loan ends at the end of the season, and Ince’s arrival would finally give Liverpool the necessary depth in the midfield to let disappointing players such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson leave the club.
Rodgers made it a point during the last transfer window to sign young and talented players in order to build a strong foundation for his squad. Ince would be the perfect signing for the first-year manager, and the Reds should wrap this deal up as soon after New Year’s Day as possible.