Stuck with the reserves to start the season following his return from an ACL injury and with a path to first team football blocked by the scintillating form of false nine Roberto Firmino along with two natural strikers ahead of him on the depth chart, Danny Ings got a rare chance to shine in the EFL Cup against Tottenham.
As though to prove the saying that for some, without bad luck they’d have no luck at all, shortly after his introduction Ings challenged for the ball and ended up with a knee injury. One that required surgery and will likely now keep him out for the rest of the season, his second missed campaign in a row.
Today, there’s at least a sliver of good news for Ings, as the surgery to repair his damaged knee has been ruled a success and he has been cleared to return to Melwood to begin the long and slow rehabilitation process, though any return to training even on his own remains a prospect that is many months in the future.
“The surgery was very positive and the rehab has started already,” was manager Jürgen Klopp’s confirmation of Ings’ status. The 24-year-old striker had been in London, where he had undergone surgery on his damaged knee ligaments late last week, before heading back to Liverpool today to begin his rehabilitation at the club.
Ings joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer, with Liverpool adjudged to owe Burnley £6.5M up front plus a potential £1.5M in add-ons in training compensation for signing the hard working forward. He has since made 11 total appearances for the Reds and scored three goals.