Jurgen Klopp has been dealt a second serious injury blow in as many days, with Danny Ings set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The new Liverpool coach has been busy at work this week, albeit mostly without several key players who have been on international duty. Yet ahead of his first game for the Reds, away to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, he was given an early blow on Wednesday when it was revealed defender Joe Gomez will be sidelined for many months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
A £3.5million signing from Charlton Athletic during the summer, the youngster was expected to spend the season settling in on Merseyside. But he started the first five games of the campaign and showed high promise, winning the Man of the Match in the goalless draw at Arsenal. But after suffering the injury on England Under-21 duty, he now faces up to nine months out of action.
If this wasn’t bad enough for Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund coach was dealt a second blow on Thursday when it was revealed that Ings will play no further part in his debut campaign at Anfield. The summer signing from Burnley, who has scored three times for the Reds, has also suffered a knee injury in training which will rule him out for at least six months.
Not only will this prevent him from making an instant impact in a new era at Liverpool, it also almost certainly ends any ambitions he had of featuring for England at Euro 2016. Ings had begun to show impressive form for his new club, to such an extend Roy Hodgson’s handed him his first international cap in the 3-0 qualifying win against Lithuania on Monday evening.