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Danny Ings Targets Pre-Season Return

The injury-ridden striker is unlikely to make an appearance before the end of the season, but he is “in a good way.”

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Strikers named Danny and sporting the liver bird across their chest appear to have some sort of curse on their shoulders. Or perhaps more accurately, joints and muscles below the waist.

Since arriving from Burnley in the summer of 2015, Danny Ings has only made 11 senior appearances for the Redmen. His 2015/16 campaign was cut short from an ACL tear sustained during his very first practice under Jürgen Klopp’s leadership. And then he repeated the act this fall, only in his other knee, tearing ligaments and ending his season, just when it appeared he was returning to full fitness.

“Danny is not fit. He’s in a good way but it will take time,” Klopp said in yesterday’s pre-Leicester presser. “I don’t think there is any chance for this season. We are looking at pre-season.”

Although Ings is just 24-years-old, it seems very unlikely that he has a future at Liverpool at the moment. We’ve seen first hand with Daniel Sturridge how multiple injuries can derail the careers of even the most talented strikers. And even if Ings can make a full recovery, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be anywhere near the match day squad, particularly after another transfer window this summer.

Of course, this is all speculative at this point. The important thing is that Ingsy is on the way back, and that’s an important first step, even if his footballing future must be somewhere other than at Anfield.

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