Klopp will welcome Ings back to Anfield on Saturday when Liverpool meet Southampton in the Premier League after he left for St Mary’s in search of regular first-team football in 2018 after a string of injuries.
Ings has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season and appears in line for a recall to the England squad in March.
Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Danny Ings ahead of Liverpool’s match with Southampton
‘Everybody here in this building is so happy about Danny,’ Klopp said. ‘He is still our boy, we are celebrating goals he scores but that will be different tomorrow.
‘Apart from the games against us, we could not wish him better than we do. He is such a wonderful person. We had an intense time together and unfortunately he was not involved in game time and I think going to Southampton was a perfect decision.
‘Now he has rhythm back and he is on fire and the whole team is on fire. The turnaround is incredible. We wish him all the best but not tomorrow.’
Ings joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Burnley in 2015 but his playing time was curtailed by two ligament injuries in his right knee.
‘I came in, October 2015 and Ingsy got injured in the first session, my first session, obviously not a good start and from this moment on people in the medical department worked their socks off,’ Klopp said.
‘He came back and got injured again. Not cool, lot of worries if you have these type of difficult injuries. He is a positive person but in these moments you have ups and downs. Seeing him now performing with consistency is just wonderful.’