Reds facing injury crisis as Ings out for season
Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30
Jurgen Klopp faces an injury crisis ahead of his first Premier League game in charge of Liverpool after Danny Ings became his second player in 24 hours to be ruled out for the season.
Ings suffered a cruciate knee injury during training on Wednesday. It was his first session under the new coach having returned from international duty with England.
Defender Joe Gomez was afflicted with the same injury playing for the England U-21s on Tuesday night, although it is hoped Ings will be back in six months rather than the worst case scenario of nine.
Ings fell awkwardly in a practice game and was sent for a scan believing he had tweaked ligaments. The results that were returned yesterday morning were shocking to everyone at the club, especially as Ings had been able to walk around with little pain.
Summer signing Ings had made an encouraging start to the season, scoring three goals, making himself instantly popular at Anfield and making his England debut against Lithuania on Monday.
In the immediate future Klopp's striking options are now limited.
Christian Benteke is still recovering from a hamstring problem, while Daniel Sturridge is still working his way back to full fitness.
Only Divock Origi offers another option and finding a role for him will be one of Klopp's first tasks as he deals with a hectic schedule at home and in Europe.
Klopp was holding his pre-match press conference prior to his first game against Tottenham this weekend as Ings' problem was being confirmed to Liverpool's medical department.
Gomez was sent back to Merseyside under the impression he too only suffered minor damage - not "perfect information" as Klopp diplomatically put it.
Now Klopp must deal with the repercussions of assembling a team already depleted by the absence of Jordan Henderson until next month and Roberto Firming for at least another week.