Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters today ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League encounter with Watford on Sunday and addressed questions regarding Danny Ings and his knee injury.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Danny Ings will miss seven-nine months of football after he damaged cartilage in his right knee during an English Football League Cup game against Tottenham last week.
The injury is hugely frustrating for Ings as the forward has just made his full return to action after missing most of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
As a result of the latest injury, there have been tentative suggestions from disappointed supporters that the club should release Ings as they believe he can’t have much of a future as a footballer after suffering two serious injuries with a short interval in between, but Jurgen Klopp has put an end to any suggestion that Ings will return to fitness as anything but a Liverpool player.
While addressing reporters at his pre-Watford press conference, Klopp answered a question about what the situation will be when Ings returns. Will he be with the club or not? The German simply said, “Liverpool player, 100 per cent.”
The manager said, “It’s not negative; it’s not a nice story of course, it’s the complete opposite, but it’s an important story. Everybody who knows Ingzhi likes him, I’ve never heard something bad about him.
“The only problem he had is that he had a really bad injury and he needed time to come back in shape. In the last two weeks everybody could see, ‘OK, now he’s back’ and then this happened. It’s not nice, but it is part of football and from yesterday onwards, it is already a positive story because the surgery was very positive and the rehab has started already.
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“It’s a moment when the club and the team really has to show how strong we are and we will wait for him. We will give him all the time he needs and then he will be back again and will be a Liverpool player, 100 per cent. That’s the only thing we are working on from this moment on.
“The team reacted like everybody would react when something bad happens to a friend, but meanwhile we want to show that we involve this of course. It’s not for public or something, but of course, we involve this [when speaking to the team].
“He was very, very close in the last few weeks to the team; he’d already helped us and in each session, he helped us on his way back into his best shape. Everything will be good at the end but now it’s time to work on the comeback.”
Whether it’s a player from your club or not, it’s always disappointing to hear that a footballer will be out for an extended period and the same goes for Ings. It’s all the worse because he’s already been out for so long but he has a fantastic attitude and with everyone backing him, from the ladies in the tea room, to the backroom staff and with the global support of Liverpool fans, there is no doubting he’ll make a strong return.