Following Joe Gomez‘s season-ending injury, Danny Ings is the second Liverpool player to be ruled out for 2015/16 with a ruptured ACL.
Ings’ season looks to be over after the 23-year-old suffered a cruciate knee injury.
The former Burnley striker appeared as a second-half substitute in England’s 3-0 victory over Lithuania in midweek, but will now sit the rest of the 2015/16 campaign out.
Ings had returned to Melwood to take part in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp, but was forced out of action midway through.
He is likely to miss six months of action.
Reporting the news for the Independent, Simon Hughes revealed that “Klopp did not know the severity of Ings’ problem when he spoke to the media at his first pre-match press conference before Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.”
Losing Ings is a major blow to the German’s plans for the season, with his determination and work rate likely making him a key feature within Klopp’s high-intensity attacking system.
Ings joins Gomez in the treatment room, with his fellow summer signing suffering a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament during the England under-21s’ clash with Kazakhstan during the international break.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane, Klopp described Gomez as “a wonderful young boy.”
“We will see when he gets operated [on] and from this point on he goes in the other direction and can count the days ’til he’s back,” he told reporters.
“I’m pretty good in waiting for players, young players especially. This is his home.”