This season must be been tough for Danny Ings.
He made the dream move from Burnley to Liverpool last summer and began life at Anfield superbly, scoring twice in his opening five Premier League appearances - including a strike in the Merseyside derby.
His performances for the Reds also saw the 23-year-old receive his first cap for England in October. All was going well for Ings.
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However, during Jurgen Klopp’s very first training session after replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager, Ings suffered an interior cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Since then, he’s almost been forgotten about as Klopp has galvanised the side and led them to the Europa League final. Ings hasn't been able to do anything but to sit and watch as the Reds have brushed aside Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal on their way to the final against Sevilla in Basel.
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But, just because he hasn’t played under Klopp, it doesn’t mean his manager doesn’t know anything about him. The boss has often spoken about Ings’ attitude and appears excited at the prospect of him returning for next season.
“What can I say? Danny is healthy. He cannot be [match] fit in a champion way, not 100 per cent fit of course, but he’s in a really good way,” he said, per the club’s official website.
“We will see what happens. For tonight [the match against Chelsea], absolutely not. Maybe, maybe [he can be in the] squad, if it makes sense – I’m not too sure.
“We will see the progress over the next few days. His first session on the pitch was like he was never away, but then his body shoots back the next morning.
“I think it’s a really good situation because he will be 100 per cent when we start for the pre-season, that’s great.
“I’m pretty sure Ingsy sees it a little different because he’ll think, ‘if it is was one or two weeks longer this season, then I could have played for sure.’ So that’s how it is. Maybe it’s not enough time for him, but next season, we’ll have a lot of fun with him for sure,” he added.
Ings is likely to fit instantly into Klopp’s philosophy at Anfield. The forward works hard from the front and will suit the side’s high-pressing game. However, Ings will face competition from Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi next campaign as all four players fight for the lone striking role.