Danny Ings could make his first senior appearance in seven months on 15 May as Liverpool close their 2015-16 Premier League campaign away to West Brom. The striker scored three goals in nine appearances, following an exit from Burnley last summer, and was handed his senior international debut as a second-half substitute during England's 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Lithuania.
Ings has not featured once since that comfortable win in Vilnius, however, due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. However, the 23-year-old returned to first-team training earlier in May and may make his comeback at The Hawthorns rather than waiting until next season. A decision is also looming as to whether Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi will be fit enough for the Europa League final clash against holders Sevilla in Basel next week after both players began training outside but away from the team.
"Three players might come back, we have to see," Jurgen Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday. "I haven't made final decisions. We have to see if Danny Ings, in the circumstances, is ready for West Brom. Divock and Hendo – Hendo did a little bit more but they are both in a good way.
"We have to see what happens in the next days. In the end, it's not my decision. I am used to taking what I get, in this situation especially. We have to wait but they are pretty close; if the final was one week later, now we [would] talk. It will be close. We have to wait."
Captain Henderson has been sidelined since damaging his lateral collateral ligament during a Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw against Borussia Dortmund in early April. Liverpool originally estimated a timescale of six to eight weeks for his recuperation, which appeared to put his chances of making Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016 in serious jeopardy. However, that rehabilitation has progressed quicker than expected and Klopp previously confirmed on more than one occasion that he would be ready in time for the tournament.
As for Origi, his manager was relieved to discover that a terrible tackle from Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori that rather cast a shadow over last month's emphatic Merseyside derby success left no broken bones. There were initial fears over extensive ligament damage, although the Belgian international's recovery is also ahead of schedule as he bids to prove his fitness before Wednesday's final at St Jakob-Park.