Danny Ings is determined to return from injury and fight for his place at Liverpool, despite his future appearing uncertain.
According to the Daily Mail‘s Dominic King, Ings “is prepared to embrace the challenge of becoming a Liverpool regular,” having suffered horrific luck with injuries.
The 24-year-old made a promising start to his Reds career at the start of 2015/16, but a cruciate ligament injury suffered in October 2015, in the first training session under Jurgen Klopp, saw him miss the remainder of the campaign.
Having battled his way back to fitness, Ings shone in the under-23s at the start of this season, only to once again fall victim to the injury curse.
Another cruciate problem, this time picked up in the 2-1 League Cup victory at home to Leeds United in October, ruled him out until the summer.
The former Burnley striker has been working hard to impress Klopp and keep himself in his manager’s plans, although King’s report suggests he will find it tough to become part of Liverpool’s regular 18-man matchday squad next season.
A number of Premier League clubs are believed to be monitoring the situation, with the Englishman a potentially shrewd buy, should he be deemed surplus to requirements by Klopp.
The Reds boss is thought to be a fan of Ings’ all-around attitude, but Dominic Solanke arriving from Chelsea, and Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all vying to be key men, mean it will be hard for him to become a regular.
Desipte this obvious competition for places, King states that “Ings is not prepared to give up easily,” once again highlighting the self-belief that has allowed him to battle through two very serious injuries.
Ings has managed only 11 appearances for Liverpool in his two years at the club – a mighty shame when you consider he could have been a vital squad member in that time.
When injuries were cursing the Reds during their post-Christmas slump in 2016/17, his tenacity, goals and general quality may have proved priceless.