Danny Ings says he will remain positive despite his knee injury, whilst the Liverpool and England striker also praised former manager Brendan Rodgers after his sacking last week.
Ings, who joined Liverpool in the summer from Burnley is likely to be sidelined for at least six months due to a knee injury suffered during training for Liverpool this week, curtailing a whirlwind week for the striker which included his England debut.
Despite an injury that could well rule him out of the running for the England squad at next summer’s European Championships, as well as bringing an encouraging start for Liverpool to an abrupt end, Ings remained remarkably positive in an interview with the Telegraph.
“As modern-day professionals it all comes down to how you perform on the pitch. But you can’t perform on the pitch unless you are doing all the stuff off it in the correct manner, especially at this level,“ Ings said.
“The only way I can get in his [manager Jurgen Klopp’s]thoughts and show him what a good professional I am is the way I am in the gym or by being positive around the lads. Sometimes negativity can rub off on players and I don’t want to affect their performance. When you are injured you have to keep a positive mindset and keep moving forward.”
Ings relived the moment he suffered the injury earlier this week – less than 24 hours after team-mate Joe Gomez suffered a similar one – and said that initial tests had not revealed the extent of such a small tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.
“I was coming from the centre of the pitch to the left-hand side running full tilt. I received the ball on the inside of my right foot and as I came inside pressing off my left it got caught in an awkward position.“
While Ings remains keen to impress new manager Klopp, he spared a moment to thank former boss Brendan Rodgers for the effect he had on his career before his sacking a fortnight ago.
“I couldn’t speak any more highly of him, he gave me the opportunity to play for Liverpool. Obviously he is going through a tough time at the moment. It is not nice for any manager but what I do know is that he is a great guy, and a great man to have around a club. I know he will do extremely well in his career.”
After an impressive start to life at Anfield, the injury has come at the worst possible time for both Ings and Liverpool with a European Championships in the summer and also a mini injury crisis at Anfield. However, still only 23, it is rest assured that Danny Ings will come back stronger and more motivated as he looks to make an impact at his new club. Valued at just £1.52 on Football INDEX, the natural born goalscorer could well be a fine long-term investment.