By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol believes that Jurgen Klopp won’t be “overly worried” by Danny Ings’ unavailability.

The 24-year-old suffered a fresh injury blow after missing the majority of the last campaign after an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.

The forward sustained damage to his right knee during an EFL Cup clash against against Tottenham, which will now be expected to see him out for nine months.

However, Nicol believes that Ings wouldn’t have been in the Reds’ starting eleven and that his new injury will not cause Klopp too many problems.

“Danny Ings would not be in Liverpool’s starting eleven,” said Nicol to ESPN. “So from a professional point of view Klopp will not be overly worried that he’s not going to have him available.

“At the same time, Klopp is a mans man, a great man manager and will obviously feel really bad for Danny Ings.”

Ings had only made two EFL Cup appearances for the Reds in the new campaign, but was in impressive goal scoring form for the club’s Under-23s.

He had faced fierce competition for the striker role, with Klopp favouring Roberto Firmino with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi acting as the Brazilian’s back up.

The Merseysiders are currently joint top of the Premier League table and have scored an impressive 24 goals in their opening 10 fixtures, as they are set to welcome Watford on Sunday.

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