When Danny Ings injured himself last year it left Liverpool fans frustrated. After taking a bit of time to settle in to Liverpool, the team etos and the Brendan Rodgers way of playing, Ings started to perform.
His work man like attitude was likened to Liverpool’s favourite Dutch man Dirk Kuyt. Ings while being played out of position showed veracity and gave 100% for the team. He hassled and harried opposition players and and often ended up getting the ball back or forcing the opposition player to make a mistake.
Just as he was coming to terms with the Liverpool way his world crashed down around him as he ruptured his ACL. What followed for him was a long hard rehabilitation programme. The joys of training on his own, been away from his teammates and the mental issues with come from suffering what for some can be a career ending injury. Ings though showed his true grit and towards the end of last season came back to play under manager Jürgen Klopp and showed why Brendan Rodgers signed him in the first place. His willingness to compete for the team is infectious and he forces others around him to follow his example and run their hearts out for the team.
For me this season is his most important season in his career. A big shout I know but, Liverpool are going through a lot of changes both on and off the pitch. Jürgen Klopp has come in and like all the players who he managed last season he owes them nothing. His ruthless streak has already begun with players like Jordan Ibe, Brad Smith, Martin Skrtel, Adam Bogdan, Joe Allen and Sergi Canos all leaving Anfield so far this summer. Ings has to prove himself to Klopp, he has to show him that he has the ability to fit in to his team ahead of the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho. He has to try and rediscover the form that brought him from Burnley to Liverpool and if not Klopp will have no problem in wielding the axe and moving him on.
The only thing that Ings has in favour is his willingness and his ability to play a number of positions for Liverpool. His want to succeed is something that sets him out from many other players. At 24 Ings still has a lot to learn in football but under the guidance of Klopp and his back room staff Ings has the potential to become one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet for years to come. So now it’s up to Ings to show how invaluable he is and put his nightmare injury behind and become Liverpool’s new Dirk Kuyt.
Written by Aaron Cawley (@TheMoanyOne)