Another lengthy injury layoff has seen Danny Ings endure another torrid spell on the sidelines but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful his striker will be fit in time for the summer.
The Reds striker has been out injured since October last year after suffering ligament damage to his right knee in an EFL Cup win over Tottenham.
It posed as another setback to add to him previously picking up a similar injury the season before that has subsequently restricted him to making just 11 appearances for the club.
Providing an update on the 24-year-old’s fitness, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “Danny is not fit. He’s in a good way but it will take time.”
“I don’t think there is any chance for this season. We are looking at pre-season.”
A pre-season return is seemingly the best case scenario for the former Burnley man and this could prove to be a useful time to rejoin the squad.
With all eyes set to be on how the club recruit in the transfer window, the summer break will be the ideal chance for Ings to build himself back up and begin to show Klopp what he can do again.
The manager is sure to give him the opportunity to prove himself having seen very little of the forward since arriving on Merseyside.