Ings hoping to make up for lost time
Danny Ings believes the dark days are behind him as he looks to re-start his Liverpool career.
The 24-year-old striker had just scored three goals in five matches, to earn his first England cap when his season was cut short by a knee ligament injury in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp in October.
He worked hard to make a quicker-than-expected return after surgery to play in Liverpool's final league match of the season at West Brom but, after just nine appearances since joining on a free transfer from Burnley last summer, Ings is keen to make up for lost time.
"In the pre-season games so far this summer, I feel I've looked as sharp as I've ever looked in the last couple [of matches]," he wrote in a blog for liverpoolfc.com from the club's tour of the United States.
"I am a lot more confident now and have taken a couple of whacks on my knee, which is also good for me.
"I feel like I am back to myself now, enjoying my football. I feel I've put the dark days behind me now.
"There will be loads of hard work to do while we're on tour and when we're getting on that plane back to Liverpool next month I want to be in the best shape possible after it all.
"I feel with the heat out here, the amount of sessions and the work that will be on for us there is every ingredient to help me do that.
"I also want to be tactically more aware of what the manager wants from me because with the year out, I didn't have as much time to work with him whereas other players have. For me, this tour is all about learning as much as I can, getting as fit as I can and trying to prove myself every day."
One man he will have to get used to playing with is Georginio Wijnaldum after Liverpool confirmed they have signed the midfielder from Newcastle in a £25 million (€30 million) deal.
The Holland international has signed a five-year contract and Wijnaldum will travel to Palo Alto in California to join his new team-mates on their tour of the United States over the weekend.
The 25-year-old is Klopp's seventh signing of the summer, following Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger to Anfield.
Wijnaldum scored 11 goals in 38 league appearances in his maiden season in England, however Newcastle were relegated.
On the prospect of working with Klopp, Wijnaldum told liverpoolfc.com:
"I always love to watch him, his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group [with his passion] so I look forward to working with him."
Klopp is also keen to start working with the Dutchman, which is why he is flying out almost immediately to join the rest of the squad.
"I think he can be a great player for us," said the Reds boss.
"He has already shown some really good moments in his career but the most exciting and important thing for me and my staff is that there is still so much extra to come from him."