In his pre-Watford press conference on Friday, Jürgen Klopp revealed that Danny Ings is ready to make a comeback from injury for Liverpool U23s in their opening game of the season against Swansea this evening.
Ings will line-up for Neil Critchleys’ U23 side on Friday evening, 10 months after sustaining a second serious knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur in Liverpool’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win back in October.
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Today, Klopp was happy to report that Ings, despite being short of match fitness, will play for the U23s this evening in an effort to regain his sharpness to be ready for the first team.
Klopp: “He will play tonight (for the u23s v Swansea). He needs games. Now he’s fit and ready to go.”
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It’s been a frustrating couple of years for the ex-Burnley man, who joined Liverpool with such high hopes. He sustained his first knee injury in a training session days after Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield, and then only a couple of months after his return, sustained a similar injury to the other knee.
Jurgen Klopp however, was blown away with Ings’ efforts in his rehabilitation, saying he will ‘come back to Liverpool 100%.’
Klopp: “Everybody who knows Ings likes him. He had a really bad injury and needed time. It’s already a positive story as the surgery was positive.
We will give him all the time he needs, and he will be back again and be a Liverpool player 100%. The team reacted like anyone would when that happens to a friend. He already helped us on his way back. Everything will be good at the end.”