25 Feb 2017

Klopp Confirms: 'Wonderful' £20m Liverpool attacker is definitely out until next season; he's 'not fit'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has delivered a new fitness update on one of the club's long-term injury victims.

Reds striker Danny Ings had surgery on an impact injury to the cartilage in his right knee, and at the time, 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."

When asked on Friday if Ings has any chance of returning to action this season, Klopp told reporters:

“Danny is not fit. He’s in a good way but it'll take time. I don’t think there's any chance for this season. We're looking at pre-season.”

In my view, this injury will kill Ings' Liverpool career. Klopp is obviously saying all the right things (both now and in the past) but he will inevitably sign another striker at some point, and that'll make it even harder for Ings to break back into the team.

Additionally, Ings will need a lot of rehabilitation over the next 6 months, and I suspect it'll be Christmas (or beyond) before Ings is even ready for regular first-team action.

Either way, Ings is not good enough (IMO) to be anything other than a 3rd or 4th choice striker at Anfield. Klopp loves Ings because he's the striker version of Adam Lallana, i.e. constantly pressing/harassing etc, but underwhelming in the actual goals and assists department (at both Burnley and Liverpool).

Can Ings come back from his current injury?

* Ings: £20m-rated. Described as 'wonderful' by Klopp.


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