Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he has suffered a long-term knee injury in only his second appearance of the season.

The unfortunate Ings, 24, who missed the majority of last season, with cruciate ligament injury in his left knee, suffered ligament damage to his right knee when making a tackle during Liverpool’s EFL Cup victory over Tottenham last week. He now faces up to nine months on the sidelines.

Confirming the injury, the Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp said: “To say we are gutted would be an understatement; he is such a great boy and has worked so hard that he deserves better luck than this.

“It is typical of Danny’s personality, on and off the pitch, that he picked up this injury to his knee when courageously trying to win the ball back for his team by making a tackle.

“But it is this same personality that means he will come back as good and as strong from this latest setback as he has done in the past.

“I’m told the likely lay off is anywhere from between seven to nine months. He is mentally strong, physically strong and will have the very best treatment and rehab possible to make sure when he returns he is ready to play for us at the level we know he is capable of.”