Danny Ings was an early bright spot in Liverpool's season, with the player exceeding expectations for what many thought was going to be more of a squad role on the team. Sidelined in early October with an ACL injury, Ings's rehabilitation went well enough to allow him to finally get his debut under Jürgen Klopp on the last day of the Premier League season against West Bromwich Albion.
"It's hard to put into words how much this afternoon meant to me, but it's important to say thank you to the people who made it so special and made it happen," Ings said of his substitute appearance. "The supporters were unreal, absolutely out of this world. I didn't expect them to sing my name after I've been out for that long, but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and made me realise just why this place is what it is.
"Getting back on the pitch at West Brom was brilliant, but it's only the start. I know I'm going to have to keep working harder and harder each day to remain in contention at this great club. It's something I'm really looking forward to."
It speaks volumes about Ings' performances during his short tenure at Liverpool that fans, both in stadium and elsewhere, were so enthusiastic about his return. While it may be a bit of a buzzkill to return only for his season to immediately end -- and as he was removed from the Europa League squad in January, he can't play against Sevilla on Wednesday -- Ings seems to be in a good place both with Klopp and with the fanbase to build on for next season.