Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has led the good luck messages for Danny Ings, after the striker was ruled out for the rest of the season through injury. Ings — who ruptured his cruciate knee ligament in training in October 2015 — suffered his second serious knee injury in as many years in the EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Ings, 24, is poised to undergo surgery and has been ruled out of action for between seven and nine months, meaning he will miss the remainder of the 2016/17 season. He has, however, already received strong support from his Liverpool teammates, with Henderson among those who have taken to social media to encourage the striker.
"Gutted for this man, but he will be back stronger! We are all behind you!" the Liverpool captain wrote alongside a picture of the two of them together during a training session.
Henderson's sentiment was echoed by his Liverpool teammate Joe Gomez, who suffered a serious injury last season. "One of the most positive, down to earth and hard-working people I know," the Liverpool youngster wrote on Instagram. "Gutted for him but he's bounced back before and will do it again. Helped me keep going and I'll try to do the same. Here for you bro. (sic)"
Ings has played a mere 11 times during his 18-month Liverpool career. But his latest injury setback is unrelated to his previous knee problem and the striker has been backed by manager Jurgen Klopp to bounce back.
"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," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.
"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."