Having just broken into the Reds’ starting line-up following his summer move from Burnley, Ings has had a somewhat distressing week as a change in Liverpool manager was followed up by a long-term injury.
In his first training session under new boss Jurgen Klopp, the 23-year-old suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear in his knee and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.
It was a cruel blow for Ings and the sort of injury that could seriously hinder his game upon his return.
The forward, however, remains optimistic of a full recovery and told The Telegraph that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is an example of someone who has come back and looked just as sharp as before.
"Look at Theo Walcott [who suffered a cruciate rupture last year] and how sharp he is … it’s like he has never been away. I know I am going to come back, it is just how I do it.
"You can be as strong as you want to be. The stronger I come back mentally and physically, the more chance I have of being in the thoughts of the England manager. Those things are realistic."
Similarities with Walcott:
A number of Ings’ best traits as a footballer are common to fellow England international Walcott, such as his pace, tenacity in the final third and movement off the ball.
Walcott was out of action for up to nine months after suffering an unfortunate cruciate rupture to his knee during the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite the fears, Walcott returned to action with his best attributes still intact and now he leads the line for Arsenal, earning a regular starting spot as a result of his excellent form.
Ings may face a difficult spell during his future return, having to win over his new boss, but his hard-working attitude and strong determination will stand him in good stead when the time comes.