It's been a long road back to fitness for Liverpool and England player Danny Ings, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury last October. The player missed out on playing in most of Liverpool's first season under new manager Jurgen Klopp, as well as being part of England's Euro 2016 squad.
However, Ings is back in training, and on Friday he wore the captain's armband in the second half of the team's match against Tranmere Rovers, scoring the game's only goal.
Afterwards, the 23-year-old talked about his eagerness to play again and his happiness with scoring the game-winning goal.
"Obviously I made my comeback against West Bromwich Albion but I felt like tonight was more of a comeback for me," he said. "I got through 45 minutes unscathed, I felt sharp and I got a goal. I probably should have scored more but it’s all about my knee at the moment and getting 45 minutes under my belt.
"It’s been a tough six or seven months for me and Joe (Gomez) but it was a relief when I saw the ball hit the back of the net and then the reaction of the crowd. I’ve not had that feeling for a long time and every striker loves that, he thrives off it.
"It's that moment when everything else goes out of your head when you are scoring goals, whether it be in a friendly or a cup final – it's still the same to me. I've missed it like crazy. I can't explain how much I've missed it but as I've said, it's a big relief to be back with the lads and scoring goals."
Regarding his fitness levels, Ings was also optimistic.
"I’m good to go now," he added. "I did a bit of extra work over the summer and I managed to find the right balance between having a break because I’ve worked extremely hard these last six months to get in this position.
"I’m good to go and am available. Hopefully I can build on tonight, keep my fitness going, get more minutes for the club and score as many goals as I can so I’m excited."
Last fall, Ings was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal first few months, and while there's no good time for a player to get hit with a six-month long injury layoff, his felt especially harsh. Liverpool fans will be eager to see him kick on from last year. If he and fellow England striker Daniel Sturridge can remain fit, then they, along with the other attacking threats that Liverpool have at their disposal, will make for a formidable threat in front of goal this season.