After Jordan Henderson spoke out in support of a new deal for Jon Flanagan last night, Jurgen Klopp was predictably asked about the situation in his pre-Manchester City press conference at Melwood today.
He says he very much wants Flanagan to be part of our future, but has demanded patience after the youngster endured such a long injury layoff.
“There are always a few things after this long, long time when he was injured that you have to be careful with,” said the German (via official site).
Flanagan famously missed almost 18 months of football after two surgeries to correct a build-up of fluid on his knee.
“[The situation] is not too easy for Flanno, because he has a lot of qualities but I don’t think patience is the biggest one,” continued Klopp.
“He’s really had to be patient during this long trip and after a game he needs maybe a day or two more to recover or even after a hard session where we have to say ‘okay, stop’. It’s not easy for him and not perfect for us.”
But the manager finished with some words of encouragement for the 23-year-old:
“In the end, Flanno is our boy and we’ll do everything that we can. We can come together and hopefully at the end it is a positive solution for both sides.
“In this moment, I can’t say more on this. There will be a few talks, and then we’ll see what happens.”
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