Danny Ings has been assured of his Liverpool future by boss Jurgen Klopp having undergone surgery on a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
The luckless 24-year-old had only made three appearances over the past 12 months due to a problem in the other knee and his latest setback is set to keep him out for seven to nine months.
Ings has accumulated just 74 minutes of playing time under Klopp as a result, having scored three times in his first eight games when Brendan Rodgers was manager, yet his current boss has told the England cap he will be a factor in his team upon his return.
“Everybody who knows Ingsy likes him, I’ve never heard something bad about him,” Klopp said.
“The only problem he had was he had a bad injury and needed time to come back in shape. The last two weeks everyone could see, okay, now he’s back, then this happened. It’s not nice but it’s part of football.
“From (Thursday) on it’s already a positive story because the surgery was very positive and the rehab started already. The most important thing is the team really has to show how strong we are.
“We will wait for him, give him all the time he needs. He will be back again and will be a Liverpool player, 100 per cent. That’s all we’re working on.
“The team reacted like everybody would react when something bad happens to a friend. He was very, very close to the team in the last few weeks, he helped us in each session. Everything will be good at the end but now it’s time to work on the comeback.”