Liverpool could be without Danny Ings for the remainder of the season again after the striker suffered another devastating injury setback.
Having missed the majority of his first year at Anfield with a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee, the former Burnley star has this time damaged his right knee, according to the Daily Mail.
The report states that he jarred his right knee following a tackle in this week's EFL Cup clash with Tottenham and after being monitored by the club's medical staff he has now been sent to London for a consultation with specialist Andy Williams.
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It is claimed that he has damaged the cartilage and will require corrective surgery, and is similar to the injury that Arsenal's Danny Welbeck suffered earlier in the year.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the England international, with the Mail claiming that he fended off a number of enquiries for his services over the summer with the likes of Leicester, Sunderland, Stoke and Sporting Lisbon all interested.
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And the fans, who were impressed by his work ethic to battle back from the injury he suffered last year, have also taken the news badly by taking to social media to express their anguish at the news.
Manager Jurgen Klopp took to the club's official site to express his sadness at the news, but has backed Ings to come back swinging again by claiming that he has both the mental and physical toughness to recover.
"To say we are gutted would be an understatement; he is such a great boy and has worked so hard that he deserves better luck than this," he said.
"It is typical of Danny's personality, on and off the pitch, that he picked up this injury to his knee when courageously trying to win the ball back for his team by making a tackle.
"But it is this same personality that means he will come back as good and as strong from this latest setback as he has done in the past.
"I'm told the likely lay off is anywhere from between seven to nine months. He is mentally strong, physically strong and will have the very best treatment and rehab possible to make sure when he returns he is ready to play for us at the level we know he is capable of."
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