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"Ingsy" To Start Light Training Today

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The 23-year-old striker is still a long way off from a full-time return, but Danny Ings will take an important step in his recovery from an ACL rupture today.

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Before his season-ending injury, former Burnley striker Danny Ings was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dour Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side. He scored 3 goals in 8 appearances in a side that lacked (and still lacks!) much of an an attacking threat. Ings scored what would be the last goal under the old boss's reign--on a set piece no less.

When new manager Jürgen Klopp came in, there was an assumption that the striker's work rate would be perfect for his infamous gegenpressing. And then Ings ruptured his ACL in the first training session with Klopp, because this is Liverpool and we can't have nice things. The injury was a set back for both the club and player, as Ings looked ready to take the next step for both club and country.

Fast forward a few months, and Ings is finally ready to start training again.

"I had lunch with Ingsy a few minutes ago," Klopp said in his pre-match presser, "He's not in the perfect way, but Tuesday will be his first time outside again. He's still a long way away from being available but he's here."

First, let's take a moment to appreciate the boss referring to him as "Ingsy."

OK, back to the injury. There is no indication whether this is ahead of schedule, or whether there remains the outside possibility of a late-season return as speculated earlier in the season. Regardless, it represents an important step in his rehabilitation.