Right-back suffered a number of set backs but now looks fully fit.
Jon Flanagan is ready to offer Liverpool a timely injury boost after declaring himself fully fit.
The 22-year-old has yet to play a game for the club this season after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.
The extended spell on the sidelines couldn’t have come at a worse time for Flanagan, who enjoyed a breakthrough season during the last campaign, making 23 appearances and becoming a key member of the Liverpool squad.
Flanagan was expected out for around six months with the problem but a number of setbacks have seen him watch the majority of the season on the sidelines.
However, the boyhood Red has now confirmed he is now fully fit and need only regain match sharpness in training before we can see him on the field once again.
“I’m very close – I’ve been doing light bits of training with the squad,” said Flanagan to LFC.com.
“As of Friday, I’m back in full training with the squad, so it’s good. I’m delighted. I’m 100 per cent now and it is exciting times. I’m back in training with the lads and feeling great.
“I can’t rush it. I’ve got to bide my time; I’m obviously not match fit so I’ve just got to keep going and it will all come together nicely I think.”
Recent weeks have seen Glen Johnson linked with a Liverpool exit at the end of the season, so the return of Flanagan to squad contention couldn’t come at a better time if he is to become the first choice right-back at the club.
“I wanted to kick on this year, but unfortunately with the injury I haven’t. I would say it is the most frustrating season I have had to date,” he added.
“I have had a few setbacks along the way but my knee is fine now and hopefully I can just push on.”