Liverpool striker Danny Ings has thanked the club’s fans after making his return from injury against West Brom on Sunday.
The 23-year-old has endured a nightmare first season at Anfield after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament immediately following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in October.
However, after appearing for the last 25 minutes of Liverpool’s final Premier league game of the season at The Hawthorns, Ings was keen to thank all those who had supported him during his seven-month recuperation – particularly the club’s supporters.
“It’s hard to put into words how much this afternoon meant to me,” he told Liverpool’s official club website, “but it’s important to say thank you to the people who made it so special and made it happen,”
“The supporters were unreal, absolutely out of this world. I didn’t expect them to sing my name after I’ve been out for that long, but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and made me realise just why this place is what it is
“Getting back on the pitch at West Brom was brilliant, but it’s only the start. I know I’m going to have to keep working harder and harder each day to remain in contention at this great club. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
Ings also reserved thanks for Klopp and team-mate Joe Gomez, who is also battling back to fitness from a similar injury.
“The atmosphere at Melwood is brilliant and we’ve got a dressing room of lads who get behind you and drive you on,” he added
“Without them, the rehab would have been so much harder. Joe Gomez in particular has been with me throughout this and for a young lad, he’s been immense.
“Of course, not just for putting me on today, but also for how he’s been since he’s come in, the gaffer has been different class.
“He’s been supportive all the way through and I can’t wait to repay the faith he’s shown in me, even while I’ve not been available to help him on the pitch.”