Danny Ings suffers devastating knee injury blow as Liverpool striker ruled out for rest of the season
Liverpool striker Danny Ings has suffered another devastating blow to his career with a knee injury ruling him out for the season.
Ings missed most of last year with a cruciate knee problem and was still working his way back to full fitness.
Now his hopes of breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s first team are over for the rest of the campaign. He is undergoing surgery in London after picking up the latest injury during his side’s victory over Spurs in the League Cup last week.
It is not the same injury, nor the same knee. Last year he suffered cruciate damage in his left knee. Although the new blow is not a cruciate injury, it is serious cartilage damage in his right knee with the initial diagnosis indicating a seven-month recovery.
He is currently in London seeing a specialist ahead of an operation.
The player is naturally distraught, as are his team mates and manager Klopp. Ings is one of the most popular players at Melwood and it was felt it was only a matter of time before he made an impact.
He was forced to be patient given Liverpool’s excellent start and the range of striking options.
Although his chances were limited, his professionalism and approach in reserve games – where he has been outstanding – made it seem a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ he’d get a chance in the Premier League.
Instead, Ings’s move to Merseyside from Burnley has brought nothing but ill luck.
Liverpool signed Ings in 2015 when his contract at Turf Moor expired.
They were eventually ordered by a tribunal to pay Burnley £6.5 million for Ings, with the figure potentially rising to £8 million.
That represented a British record for such a ‘Bosman’ style transfer.
Ings’s absences will also affect how soon Burnley receive their full fee, although that is likely to be the last thing on his former club’s mind as they wish their former striker a quick recovery.
Ings was a January target for many clubs who hoped to lure him on loan if he could not force his way into Klopp’s side quickly enough.