By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
The compensation figure Liverpool must pay for Danny Ings is set to be “the biggest in history”, according to Burnley chief executive David Baldwin.
The Championship club are confident it will dwarf the £6.5million fee that Chelsea paid Manchester City for Daniel Sturridge in January 2010.
Baldwin told a Burnley fans forum at Turf Moor on Thursday night that an independent tribunal committee will meet at the end of April to settle on the sum Liverpool must pay following Ings’ transfer to Anfield in the summer of 2015.
The forward, then 22, was out of contract when he made the move to Anfield but there be a compensation fee to be paid for the player in accordance with Fifa regulations for training costs for players aged under 23.
Liverpool offered around £4.5million for Ings but their claim as to the England international’s worth was not aided by Tottenham offering £12million for him.
“The reason it is different to the ordinary is this tribunal claim will be the biggest in history,” Baldwin told the fans forum, which was covered by BBC Radio Lancashire.
“The key to this was that we bring the claim against Liverpool, therefore we had to prepare an extremely robust case.
“You’re talking a documentation bundle of probably in excess of 400 or 500 pages with witness statements, evidence, analytics about player performance, the statement as to why we make a judgement as to what we believe the player is worth, compared to what Liverpool want to offer.
“You get your ducks in a row and do the job right.”
“It could have been any time during March or April but availability of legal counsel for both parties has dictated the later date. They are both working on other cases and they are not just dealing specifically with cases of sports law”.