Scouse fullback is on the road to recovery…
Jon Flanagan hasn’t played for Liverpool once this term, after injuring his knee in pre-season, but thankfully – he’s not too far off a return…
The 22-year-old won a place in the starting XI last season, and although fans were dubious as to whether he’d be a long-term option at first, he won us round with a series of confident defensive displays at left-back – and by the end of the campaign, he was a guaranteed starter.
Flanagan won a first England cap as a result, but his 2014/15 season has been totally ruined by his injury.
Knowing he wouldn’t be playing for a while, the defender watched the club buy two talented fullbacks in Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo – but he’s determined to challenge them for game time when he’s fit.
“I’ve got in the team before and kept my place. Now I need to do that again,” he told the club’s official website.
“When I saw that we signed two full-backs, I immediately thought ‘I need to up my game now’. I know I need to consistently do well if I’m to get in the team and then stay there.
“I want to keep developing as a footballer. That’s why not being available has been so frustrating. But competition for places doesn’t bother me. I’m always up for the fight.”
There’s no exact return date yet for Flanagan, but he’s back in light training, and it would be great to see the local lad find some of the form that saw him so appreciated last season when he comes back.