Danny Ings is the ultimate success story, rising from the seventh-tier of English football to Liverpool and the England national team.
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Currently sidelined with a knee injury, our own JPW sat down with the Liverpool striker to see how he rose through the ranks from Sunday League to one of the most historic clubs in the world.
Ings spoke about the long days training as a youth, and the close bond he shares with his father that helped him become the player and the man he is today.
Growing up, a strong focus to remain on the straight and narrow when everything else seemed to be falling down around him – and distractions lurked in every corner – got him to the top. At the age of 23, he is now overcoming the third major knee injury of his career. Looking at the determination etched over his face, you believe him when he says he’ll come back even stronger this time.
“This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point,” Ings said, furrowing his brow. “I just felt like I got my foot in the door. I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me. It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can’t do what I love doing then it is like someone having their kids taken away from them. That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong.”
Ings has had to be extremely strong and has battled against all the odds just to get to this point.