Danny Ings is being courted by at least four Premier League clubs for a potential January loan move from Liverpool as the one-time England striker aims to revive his career after over two years wrecked by knee injuries.

The former Burnley forward has not started a Premier League game since scoring in the Merseyside derby in October 2015, Brendan Rodgers’ final match in charge of Liverpool and the day Ings was called up to the England squad for a European Championship qualifier against Lithuania. He subsequently ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Jürgen Klopp’s first training session as manager after his studs caught in the turf, an injury which sidelined him for seven months.

The 25-year-old’s return was subsequently ruined when he damaged the cartilage in his right knee when tackling Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks in an EFL Cup tie early last season, prompting another lengthy absence. His only first-team involvement to date this season has been a 17-minute cameo off the bench in a Carabao Cup defeat at Leicester City in September.

Yet rival clubs have monitored his steady progress with Liverpool’s Under-23s, for whom he scored four times in a Premier League Cup tie against Bristol City and twice more against Stoke in the competition earlier this week. West Ham, whose manager David Moyes had attempted to secure Ings while at Real Sociedad, and Newcastle, who explored his availability over the summer, are both expected to lodge loan bids and may be joined by Stoke City, for whom Saido Berahino has yet to score.