2 Nov 2016

Career-Killer? Klopp confirms £20m Liverpool attacker is out injured for '7-9 months'. Sign a replacement?

What a nightmare. Liverpool striker Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season with another long-term injury.

Earlier today, Liverpool posted the following statement:

"Danny Ings requires surgery on an impact injury to the cartilage in his right knee. The procedure will be performed today [and] will correct the damage".

Responding to injury, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted:

"We are gutted. The layoff is between seven to nine months. He [Ings] will have the very best treatment and rehab possible to make sure when he returns he is ready to play for us at the level we know he is capable of."

The only slight positive for Ings is that it's not the same knee as the injury he sustained last season, but apart from that, it's a hammer blow for the striker, especially in Liverpool go on to win the title.

In my view, this will kill Ings' Liverpool career. Klopp is obviously saying all the right things, but he will inevitably sign another striker (probably next summer), and that'll make it even harder for Ings to break back into the team.

The question is, will Klopp sign someone in January as an emergency backup, or wait till the summer? Some fans will argue that Liverpool don't need another striker, but it's a risk to rely on Firmino, Mane, Coutinho, and Lallana to consistently score goals all season (the latter three have a history of inconsistency, particularly in the second half of seasons).

Can Ings come back from this?

* Ings: £20m-rated


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