Tottenham stalemate proves Klopp will miss Danny Ings more than anyone

J├╝rgen Klopp celebrating Bundesliga title

The injured Liverpool forward's absence is being felt after just one game.

Imagine the same Liverpool team that drew 0-0 at Spurs on Saturday afternoon - just with a capable striker?

For, while Tottenham fans will say they edged proceedings, the Reds hit the bar and had chances of their own.

During a thrilling start, Jurgen Klopp's new side threatened to run away with the encounter. And they may well have done had they possessed a proper striker.

In Divock Origi, Liverpool have a young forward who *may* turn into a good striker at Anfield, one whom Klopp appears willing to develop.

But he is nowhere near the finished article right now and his deficiencies were clear for all to see at White Hart Lane.

Ideally, of course, Daniel Sturridge would have been in his place. But his fitness means he is unreliable when it comes to being a first-team starter - and, sadly, has been ever since the start of last season. Christian Benteke, meanwhile, is a square peg in a round hole.

There was, however, one man who would have been perfect for Klopp's system. And that man is currently out with an torn ACL...

Indeed, the 0-0 draw at Tottenham proved Klopp will miss Danny Ings more than anyone while the 23-year-old remains injured.

Ings had just found his way at Anfield, beginning to score frequently during Brendan Rodgers' last days at the club. And his versatility and movement make him perfect to use across the front three.

But that is all on hold now until next season, leaving the new Liverpool boss with extremely limited options up front... at least until January.

When Sturridge is fit, the Reds will be a different team. But how often is that going to be? Ings, by contrast, didn't have any recurring fitness issues. Which is why his injury blow is looking crueler and crueler on Merseyside.

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