Danny Ings is chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch but will not be rushing his return to football after such a lengthy lay-off.
It’s been a tough first two years at Liverpool Football Club for Danny Ings.
An ACL injury sustained in October of 2015 kept him out for the entirety of Klopp’s first season on Merseyside, coming off the bench on the Reds’ final day visit to West Bromwich Albion.
Ings would then put in the hard work during pre-season, pushing himself back towards full match fitness and rejoining first-team action in September of last year. However, disaster struck almost immediately.
The Englishman was ruled out with yet another crushing knee injury and has remained on the sidelines ever since.
And boy is he looking forward to his Liverpool return.
“I’m doing really well at the moment,” Ings told the club’s official website.
“Timescale-wise, I’m unsure but I’m feeling closer and closer every day. I’m back doing ball work. My fitness levels are getting back, it has been a while.”
When asked about how he coped mentally with the frustration of not just one but two major injuries in the space of 24 months, Ings credited his ability not to “dwell on things too long” and just get on with his rehabilitation.
“I’m enjoying it and I’m feeling strong. If you dwell on things too long, you’ll never make it back. You need to obviously be hurt for a while but then you need to get your head down, focus and crack on.
“That’s always been my mentality. There wasn’t really any other choice.”
For now, though, the Englishman is focussing solely on the present and for Ings, that means getting himself to match fitness and back on the pitch in his no.28 jersey.
“For now it’s just to get as healthy as I can, get as strong as I can and get fit. And to integrate with the lads as soon as possible and just build from there,” explained the Englishman.
“I’m not setting any big targets. I’m trying to accomplish small things at a time. The next one is to integrate with the lads and get back involved.”
Looking forward to seeing Danny Ings back on the pitch? I know I certainly am!