Danny Ings wants to enjoy a similar relationship with Southampton fans as former club striker Rickie Lambert.
Lambert, who scored over 100 goals in five years at St Mary’s, joined the Saints in 2009 when they were stuck in League One.
The native Scouser played a vital role in leading the Saints to consecutive promotions that saw them return to the Premier League in 2012.
Lambert revealed in a recent interview that he was “shocked” by the quality Ings has shown since arriving from Liverpool.
And Ings was more than happy to return the compliment.
Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, Ings said: “I think for any player, no matter where they play, they want to be seen in a good light from the fans.
“He’s [Lambert] done so much for Saints over the years.
“I remember playing against him when I was at Bournemouth and he was a nightmare to play against.
“I’ll never forget the free-kick he scored against us.
“He’s a great guy, an unbelievable player and he’s done a lot in the game.”
Ings has enjoyed a superb season so far, scoring 15 goals in 29 league appearances to help drag the Saints away from the relegation zone.