Danny Ings is refusing to let his injury woes stop him from achieving the goals he has set out in his career.
The striker has endured a torrid time since arriving at Liverpool in 2015, suffering separate season-ending knee injuries that have limited him to just four appearances since October in the year he joined.
Still only 25-years-old, the former Burnley man has every reason to believe he is capable of reigniting his career and earning his chance to impress at Anfield, especially when under a manager certain to give his players an opportunity like Jurgen Klopp.
As far as Ings is concerned, he is far from finished on Merseyside.
“The only way to get back to my best and to be sharp enough and fit enough to get back in match-day squads at Liverpool is if I am playing those games,” he told the Times.
“I have to develop those movement patterns again, the finishing in front of goal, awareness around the pitch. For me any game right now, it doesn’t matter whether it is first team or under-23s, is important.”
“Everywhere I have been, I have always found a way to make it happen. I have been in a lot of tough situations at previous clubs where it has been hard to break in.”
“People from the outside looking in will probably have the assumption, ‘Oh, he’s the forgotten man,’ but it has not crossed my mind at all. I still believe in myself. I still believe I can play in this team.”
“When you are at a club like Liverpool, it is not a club that you want to walk away from. It would grate on me for the rest of my career, and the rest of my life, if I had not done everything to give it my all. I still feel like I have a big part to play in this football club.”
The work he has put in behind-the-scenes since signing for the club makes him more than worthy of the time to get himself back to full fitness and somewhere close to his top form.
His recovery periods after both injuries have involved training admirably hard with the U23s, not to mention proving to be a valuable senior figure in matches.
The dedication he has shown towards getting himself in a position to fight for his future at the club sits extremely well with not only his teammates and coaches, but also the fans who have become well aware of his battle.