Liverpool striker Danny Ings reveals details of Jurgen Klopp's gruelling training regime
While Jurgen Klopp oversaw his first training session as Liverpool manager at Melwood last October, and sought to discern the calibre of player he had inherited from the erstwhile Brendan Rodgers, Danny Ings sustained a horrific anterior cruciate ligament injury.
ACL injuries are often career ending and, at the very least, tend to require a 12 month recovery period.
Ings was the first on a long casualty list that Klopp would be forced to cope with during his first campaign at Anfield.
But for the then 23-year-old, who had made just five Premier League appearances for the club since signing from Burnley the previous summer, there must have been a palpable fear that he might just fall through the cracks as the gregarious coach established a new order.
Indeed, in Rodgers’ final game at helm before his sacking, a 1-1 draw with Everton, Ings had put the Reds in front before Romelu Lukaku had levelled the Merseyside derby.
But football is a ruthless business and those with little tenure, marquee names notwithstanding, tend to fade quickly from the collective memory.
However, Ings would confound the consensus opinion regarding his knee ailment, and within seven months of that dreadful session, he returned to action for the final league game of the season, a 1-1 draw with West Brom.
He has featured in all four of Liverpool’s pre-season games to date, scoring in two, against Tranmere and Wigan.
The Reds are now in California, where they will take on Chelsea and AC Milan in the International Champions Cup, and the striker is sure to continue to feature in their new-look outfit.
With a total of seven new players arriving and nine departing Liverpool during the current window, it is easy to forget that there has been significant flux behind the scenes as well.
One such appointment is that of fitness coach Andreas Kornmaye, who previously performed the role at Bayern Munich.
He and Klopp have been putting the squad through a gruelling regime for roughly a month, and are continuing to do so stateside.
Ings explained to Liverpoolfc.com what the former Borussia Dortmund coach expects of his centre forwards in training. To the naked eye, he said, even sessions with a greater emphasis on tactics can appear taxing.
“It’s difficult to explain but it’s more of a tactical session more than a physical one. I know it looked very physical but it was very hot and it was our second session of the day.
“The key ideas with those sessions is to get our movements right, our formation right and an understanding of where everyone should be in certain moments on the pitch and in certain times of the game,” he said.
Understandably, given his recent history, Ings admitted that he is still acclimatising to Klopp’s methods and, famously, his adherence to the minutia of the game.
“That is one thing I’ve learned since I’ve been back is he (Klopp) is very big on tactical movements and where we should be, and it’s great for us as a learning curve as we have to do that every day.
“It’s important we get these things right and that’s what training is for, because you would prefer not to be in the right position during training than if you were playing in a game, so we have to be 100 pc focused about what we need to do.”