Danny Ings has been at Melwood all summer in a bid to return to fitness in time for pre-season and force his way back into Jürgen Klopp’s plans after missing the majority of last season with a knee injury.
According to James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo, Danny Ings only had one week’s holiday as the striker looks to give himself the best opportunity to kick-start his Liverpool career.
Two separate knee injuries, both of which required surgery, set Ings back in his development but the Englishman’s determination and tenacity are to be praised as he targets a return next season.
Ings has been down at Melwood regularly all summer, according to James Pearce, and is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.
Jürgen Klopp is impressed with the way Ings has tackled his rehabilitation and there is no doubt, despite this having been tough for the 23-year-old, that Ings will come back strong and hungry to impress further.
Evidence of how hard it is for pro footballers when injury strikes. Also shows the determination of Ings and Gomez.pic.twitter.com/e1pBxI9BkP
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) June 27, 2017
Although there isn’t a timescale for Ings’ return, he has been running outside since the end of last season and has even started ball work in recent weeks.
Pearce reports that despite the lack of a timescale, he is expected back in time to feature in some way during pre-season. He’ll be utilised cautiously and at a minimum just to introduce him back into football after two injuries that could have ended his career.
While we’re a long way away from seeing the fully fit Danny Ings, having the former Burley man as an option is a game changer for Klopp after last season’s lack of options up front for Klopp.
The likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and new signing Dominic Solanke will all stand in Ings’ way of starting in the central striker berth.
With Liverpool returning to action on the European stage, Ings will definitely get opportunities to play in the early stages of the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup (the newly named EFL Cup).
Ings is a player that really suits the way Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool go about their game. With pace, determination and an unbridled desire to win back the ball, he really is the perfect example of what Klopp wants in a forward.
I’m confident that if he can remain injury-free, Klopp can get the very best out of Ings and we can finally see the pacy forward we were promised two years ago.
And in our beautiful new red kit too.