Jürgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager has started disastrously, despite not even playing a game yet.
If the news of youngster Joe Gomez being ruled out of the rest of the season on Wednesday was bad enough, Danny Ings was dealt the same blow the following day.
It’s a huge blow to Liverpool, who will now find their squad stretched to the limit as they attempt to juggle the Premier League, two domestics cups and the Europa League.
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Gomez, 18, was signed from Charlton in the summer and, it seemed, would be loaned straight back out. However, the Englishman shone in pre-season - in an unfamiliar left-back position - and even continued to play there in the early stages of the league campaign.
His calmness on the ball coupled with his pace and power means that Gomez has an incredibly promising future ahead of him.
He would have played a massive part for Liverpool this year as backup for Alberto Moreno at left-back, as well as probably starting every match in Europe and possibly the domestic cup games.
With the three centre-backs Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren being far from convincing, Gomez would have pushed them hard for a starting berth.
But the even bigger blow is surely the news of Ings rupturing his cruciate ligaments.
The former Burnley striker has made a great start to his Liverpool career and has already become a fans' favourite.
His work-rate to defend from the front is fantastic and would have fit into Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ style perfectly. He has been one of very few bright points so far this season for the Reds.
But Liverpool fans shouldn’t think about their club when considering Ings’ injury. Imagine what the implications are for him during, what was, the best spell of his career.
Five years ago Ings was out on loan at Dorchester Town and you can tell that he absolutely loves playing at Anfield for Liverpool. His last action of the season is likely to be a goal against Everton in Brendan Rodgers’ last match.
He knows what it means the wear the Red shirt and gives 100 percent every match. He was really starting to make an impact at the club and was fighting Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge for a starting position.
On Monday, Ings made his England debut during their 3-0 win against Lithuania. He was hoping to earn himself a spot in England’s European Championship squad, but that now looks highly unlikely.
The 23-year-old has been dealt a major blow when his career was just taking off. But having seen Ings’ work-rate and determination this early in his Liverpool career, we’ll hopefully see him back in the red shirt again, with Anfield chanting his name.
The losses of Gomez and Ings can’t be underestimated and the Reds will sorely miss them both as their thin squad competes on all four fronts.
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