Liverpool forward Danny Ings has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in training. Ings, a summer signing from Burnley, suffered a twisted knee in one of Jurgen Klopp's first training sessions in charge after the German's appointment.
After undergoing scans, it has now emerged the 23-year-old has ruptured his cruciate ligaments, an injury that will sideline him for the next six months, according to The Guardian. The Ings blow is the second to emerge in the space of 24 hours at Anfield, after the club confirmed 18-year-old defender Joe Gomez will miss the rest of the season with an almost identical injury.
Ings had just begun to impose himself on the first team at Anfield, scoring three times in five game prior to the international break. That form earned him a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, and he made his debut off the bench in the 3-0 win over Lithuania on 12 October.
Klopp has only been Liverpool manager for one week but has already been dealt blows to his selection plans for the rest of the season. Gomez, a summer signing from Charlton Athletic, was forced off with 10 minutes remaining of his country's U21 European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan and will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.
"Gomez came here and I met him for the first time. What a wonderful young boy – tall and muscles in the right positions," Klopp told reporters at Thursday's press conference.
"But [he has] an injured knee. It's an ACL. Now we have to make a further diagnosis and we will see when he has surgery. From this point on it goes in the other direction and he can count the days until he's back. He's a very young guy. It was not the best day in his life, of course.