Things had been going well for Liverpool over the past week. Maybe a little too well. Hope and optimism was in the air with the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, and fans were looking at a league table and European group where a few good results could see them right back where they wanted and expected to be when the season started.
Then the club was hit by a pair of back-to-back, season-ending knee injuries. First Joe Gomez tore his ACL on Tuesday while on England U21 duty. Today, it's Danny Ings, with the striker rupturing ligaments in his knee during training on Wednesday. Following scans, it has been determined that he too will require surgery and will now miss the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old arrived from Burnley for a fee still to be determined by an FA compensation board. He had been the club's in-form attacker over the first two months of the season, impressing fans and winning over any doubters with his hard work and a few well taken goals in recent weeks, and hopes were high that he could continue his good form under Klopp.
He will be sidelined for a minimum of six months following surgery, and even when he's able to begin training again it may be some time before he's fit enough to play again. The club are reportedly not counting on him returning at any point this season, and the main hope now is for a clean surgery and recovery that will allow him to be fit for next season.