Liverpool striker Danny Ings has stated that he will come back stronger from the serious cruciate injury that threatens to keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.
The former Burnley forward had just broken into the Reds starting XI when he hurt himself in training this week, with diagnosis revealing that he will need to go under the knife and is expected to face a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Despite the disappointment of the blow and the fact that the Merseyside club have appointed a new manager in Jurgen Klopp that Ings was keen to impress, the versatile forward has insisted that he is remaining positive about his future at Anfield.
“I am experienced enough in my career to know it is not the end,” Ings told The Telegraph.
“It is a setback and, yes, I was playing and I was starting for Liverpool sooner than I expected, which was great. Making my England debut was a massive achievement.
“These things do happen and it can be cruel but for me it is part of the game and this is when footballers really, really earn their money.
“To go in earlier than everyone else and come home later than everyone else. To work as hard as you can and come back better. I have always done that.
“Any injury I have had, I have come back stronger. Especially mentally strong and it makes me appreciate the job I do when things like this happen.”
Ings’ injury robs Klopp of an attacking option and with Christian Benteke also injured currently it places more emphasis on Daniel Sturridge to get goals for the Reds.
The Anfield outfit face Tottenham today in Klopp’s first game in charge of the club.