Jurgen Klopp is convinced the Liverpool squad have what it takes to cope with the big loss of Danny Ings after it emerged on Thursday (15 October) that the young striker is expected to miss the remainder of the season with ligament damage. The new Anfield boss says he has two options in Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi for the Premier League trip to Tottenham on Saturday (17 October). He is also expecting both Christian Benteke and versatile Roberto Firmino, who could adapt to the striker's role, to recover in time for the visit of Southampton the following week.
Ings moved to the Merseysiders during the summer transfer window after scoring 11 goals last season at Burnley. The 23-year-old forward was expected to be back-up for Sturridge and Benteke, but he seized the chance offered to him by their injuries, forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers's plans. He also attracted Roy Hodgson's attention, earning a deserved debut for England in Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.
But his promising start to the season came to an end after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his first training session with the new boss. The news looks a big blow for Klopp as Sturridge has made just three appearances since returning from a long lay-off, while Benteke is still on the sidelines for the trip to White Hart Lane.
Klopp, however, claims he has faith in the promising Origi to do Ings's job, despite being yet to make an impact at Anfield. Asked about the burden on Sturridge, Klopp told Liverpool Echo: "We have Origi – do you know him?
"I learned first, you do not think about the players who are not available at this moment because there is no chance to get lucky if you do this all of the time," he added. "In the case of Benteke and Firmino, they are back on the pitch but not team training. I hope next week they will be in normal team training.
"Firmino could play in the striker position but we have to see if he should. In this moment, for the next game, we have Daniel for the position and we have Origi. Two strikers, I don't need more. When you start if you have more it's perfect. But you have to think how you can react. When Christian is fit then he is an option, for sure, but at this moment he isn't."