Earlier today Jurgen Klopp spoke about how our injury crisis starting to ease, with Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, and Jordon Ibe all nearer a return (via Echo) – but one name that slipped under the radar was that of Scouse-Cafu Jon Flanagan.
However, according to the Echo, Flanagan has once again completed 45 minutes for our Under-21s as they beat Southampton 2-1 on the south coast.
He hasn’t kicked a ball for the senior team in over 18 months, but he started the game and acquitted himself well before being replaced by American striker Brooks Lennon at half time.
FA Cup starters Ryan Kent, Jerome Sinclair, Pedro Chirivella, and Joe Maguire also all took part in the game.
Southampton took an early lead, but were pegged back by a Harry Wilson penalty after Flanno was brought crashing down in the box on the half hour mark.
Hungarian centre-back Kristof Polgar grabbed the late winner, glancing home a header from Ryan Kent’s free-kick in the 82nd minute.
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Of course, we all hope Flanagan can resume the same form as he was showing in our oh-so-near season of 2013/14, but it might be asking too much.
However, with Enrique totally out of favour (and useless in the cup against Exeter) and with no senior back-up right-back, there will undoubtedly be chances for the local lad to prove himself under Klopp.