By Merseyside correspondent Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has been handed another shattering blow ahead of his first game as Liverpool manager after Danny Ings was ruled out for the rest of the season.
The striker, who only made his full England debut on Monday in Lithuania, has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
The Ings injury comes just 24 hours after it emerged that 18-year-old defender Joe Gomez had suffered the same injury playing for England Under-21s on Tuesday night.
Klopp confirmed that Gomez will be out for the season at his first weekly press conference at Melwood today but it subsequently emerged that Ings, who has arguably been Liverpool’s standout player in recent weeks, is facing a similar absence.
The 23-year-old was taking part in a routine session at Melwood on Wednesday when he was hurt in a challenge. He was taken for scans straight away when the news was confirmed and he will now have surgery next week, as will Gomez.
Gomez was able to hobble down the touchline when he was substituted straight away by England Under 21 boss Gareth Southgate. It was initially hoped the damage he had done was not too severe but the extent of the problem only came to light when scans of his injured knee were taken at Melwood.
Klopp said: “Gomez came here. I met him first time. What a wonderful young boy – tall, muscles in the right position. Everything is fine but injured. An ACL. Yeah. Now it goes this way. Now we have to make further diagnostic, more diagnostic and we will see when he gets operated.
“From this point on, he can go in the other direction. He can count the days back. He is a very young guy. It is not his best day in his life, of course, but I am pretty good at waiting for players. Young players especially. This is home. We will do everything to help him come back as soon as possible.”