Initial tests suggested nothing was wrong with Danny Ings before ACL diagnosis

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings has revealed there were no immediate signs of serious injury when he ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments on Wednesday.

The England international, who made his dream Three Lions debut on Monday against Lithuania, was fast becoming a fan favourite amongst the Anfield faithful before sustaining the injury during a Reds training session.

Three goals in his first eight appearances for the Merseyside outfit represented a respectable return for a player who plied his trade in the Conference South five years ago.


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However, mere days after Jurgen Klopp was unveiled as Liverpool's new manager, Ings' season was brought to an abrupt halt, though the injury didn't appear at all serious upon initial tests.

Ings said, as per the Telegraph: "I was coming from the centre of the pitch to the left-hand side running full tilt.

"I received the ball on the inside of my right foot and as I came inside pressing off my left it got caught in an awkward position. I went and sat down.

"We had tests on it and it was perfectly fine, the wobble test [used to detect cruciate ruptures] – everything was fine."

Such was the obscurity of the 24-year-old's injury, Ings almost rejoined the training session.

"We didn't have a clue what it was because after that I got up and thought I could go and train again. We walked in because we didn't want to risk it. We were doing tests again and there was nothing there.

"The only thing worrying me is that there was a click. I have had surgery on this knee before but it was an injury that was completely different – that was a repair of my meniscus.

"This is something completely different. The MRI showed it was an isolated ACL partial rupture. The only positive thing is that everything around it, the meniscus, all the other ligaments are fine so hopefully that will shorten the timescale when I return."

The former Burnley striker's injury is the latest in a string of fellow professionals to have succumbed to similar setbacks, with Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez and Bournemouth trio Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel all on the treatment table for the same reason.

Ings' long-term absence will come as a big blow to Liverpool not just because of their lack of attacking impetus at present, but because of the variety he adds.

Unlike Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge, Ings possesses a work ethic similar to that of James Milner - the Englishman never stops running from start to finish, chasing down loose balls and pressing opposition defences.

Liverpool face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday in what will be a momentous occasion for the Anfield side.

Klopp will make his Premier League bow amidst his bid to get his tenure off to the perfect start and become only the second manager to win his first game in charge as Liverpool manager.

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