By Will Butcher

Christian Benteke has revealed his sadness after former Liverpool teammate Danny Ings was ruled out for the entirety of the 2016-17 season.

Benteke, who has since left Anfield to join Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, was dismayed to find that Ings is set for another long-term spell on the sidelines after missing the majority of last season.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Benteke was adamant that the former Burnley striker would return even stronger than before.

Liverpool’s number 28 has already been sidelined since October 2015, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during Jurgen Klopp’s first training session as Liverpool boss.

However, Ings looked to have ended his year-long injury nightmare by coming on as a substitute against Tottenham in the fourth round of the EFL Cup during their 2-1 victory that has set up a quarter-final tie against Leeds.

But during his cameo appearance, the 24-year-old suffered a knock on his right knee after an innocuous challenge – different to the original injury sustained on his left knee.

Now, Ings is set to undergo an operation to fix the injury which is believed to keep him out for 7-9 months to the dismay of Liverpool fans and players alike.

Belgium international Benteke played alongside Ings three times last season, as the one-time England international hit the ground running with two Premier League goals in three starts.

In other Liverpool news, Jordan Henderson has had this to say about Ings’ injury.