Danny Ings is likely to miss the rest of the season after the unlucky Liverpool striker suffered another serious knee injury.
Ings missed much of the 2015/16 season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee in training just a few days into Jurgen Klopp’s reign.
The striker featured just eight times before the injury, with each appearance coming under former manager Brendan Rodgers. He did not play under Klopp until the final game of the season against West Brom, where he came on as a second-half substitute.
Ings was hoping to break through into first-team contention under Klopp this season as he continued his full recovery, but has yet to even be named on the bench for a Premier League game.
He has appeared in the EFL Cup however, and picked up his most recent injury in the 2-1 win over Tottenham last week.
Ings played just 22 minutes of the game at Anfield, but suffered ‘serious cartilage damage in his right knee’ during the victory.
An initial diagnosis suggests that the 24-year-old’s recovery time will be seven months, which essentially sidelines him for the remainder of the season.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, manager Klopp says that the club will support Ings through his recovery, which could take up to nine months.
“To say we are gutted would be an understatement; he is such a great boy and has worked so hard that he deserves better luck than this.
“It is typical of Danny’s personality, on and off the pitch, that he picked up this injury to his knee when courageously trying to win the ball back for his team by making a tackle.
“But it is this same personality that means he will come back as good and as strong from this latest setback as he has done in the past.
“I’m told the likely lay off is anywhere from between seven to nine months. He is mentally strong, physically strong and will have the very best treatment and rehab possible to make sure when he returns he is ready to play for us at the level we know he is capable of.”
The player is currently in London, and will undergo surgery after seeing a specialist.
Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph writes:
‘The player is naturally distraught, as are his team-mates and manager Klopp. Ings is one of the most popular players at Melwood and it was felt it was only a matter of time before he made an impact.
‘Although his chances were limited, his professionalism and approach in reserve games – where he has been outstanding – made it seem a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ he’d get a chance in the Premier League.’
Klopp had tipped Ings to make a big impact this season after hailing the player during the summer, but now it seems the unlucky striker will have to wait much longer for a chance to impress the German.