Liverpool fullback Jon Flanagan has kicked a football for the first time in 18 months, following his devastating injury problems.
The defender returned for Liverpool Under-21s in a friendly against Fleetwood Academy and played the first 30 minutes, before being withdrawn – as was always planned.
Flanagan was ‘composed and assured’ according to the Echo, playing his first game since May 2014.
The 22-year-old will slowly become a first-team option for Jurgen Klopp, who lacks proper cover for Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno.
During our title winning charge in 2013/14, Flanagan was superb. Deployed in a less favoured left-back role, he cemented himself a spot in the side thanks to his tenacious defensive style, good positioning and hard tackles. As the season wore on, he got better going forward too.
In news that made us smile, Brazilian legend Cafu slyly liked a Twitter post announcing Flanno’s return! Liverpool fans once dubbed Flanagan ‘The Red Cafu’, and the World Cup winning fullback has been following his progress ever since.