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20th Apr, 2017 | 1:35pm

Reliable journalist: Klopp delivers huge attacker injury boost ahead of Liverpool clash v Crystal Palace

By Will Butcher

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool’s Danny Ings has made a huge step towards his recovery from a long-term knee injury by running outside.

Ings, 24, has been sidelined since October after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a cameo role against Tottenham.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday, Klopp revealed that Ings was running outside again, as per Times reporter Paul Joyce’s personal Twitter account.

Ings has made just two appearances this season against Derby and Tottenham in the EFL Cup, with his latest setback coming after suffering a similar injury in his other knee.

The news will come as a huge boost to the former Burnley striker, who has suffered a nightmare spell with injury since his move to the Merseyside giants back in the summer of 2015.

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Although he is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the 2016-17 campaign, Ings could now join the rest of the squad for pre-season if his rehabilitation continues to improve.

That could see Liverpool’s number 28 return to feature in the Reds’ 2017-18 campaign, as Klopp looks to build a squad capable of mounting a title challenge next term.

Since his move to Anfield from Lancashire outfit Burnley, Ings has made just 11 appearances.

His form prior to the two knee problems had seen the Bournemouth trainee earn an England call-up, but the forward will now be focused on returning to full training.

With a contract until the summer of 2020, Ings has plenty of time to prove to Klopp that he is capable of earning a place in Liverpool’s starting eleven despite his injury demons.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have made an emphatic decision on the future of this 23-year-old star.

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