Going on loan can be a testing time for a player. The theory is that you’ll go away, get a season of regular first team football, then return to your parent club in a blaze of glory to nab a place in the first eleven.
But it doesn’t always work out like that – just ask Andre Wisdom. Or Jay Spearing. Or Jack Robinson. The list is endless.
There is a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. And if you’re not at the club, you can’t leap on opportunities which will inevitably arrive through injuries and suspensions to other players.
Such is the decision that local lad Jon Flanagan has been weighing up in the last few days. It now seems like he will head out to Burnley on loan – but could his Liverpool career thus be at an end?
Reds around the world have been having their say:
Can’t believe we’re letting @jon_flan93 go out on loan. Team is full of fucking wools now
— Tony Carroll (@tonycarroll14) July 26, 2016
Jon Flanagan can say hes captained his boyhood club. Good Luck lad. @jon_flan93
— Hirrell (@Hirrell) July 26, 2016
— Louis Emerick (@thelouisemerick) July 26, 2016
Jon Flanagan off to Burnley on loan.
Great business that from Burnley.
One of my faves is young Flanno La
— Deano Baggio (@DiscoDean7) July 26, 2016
— The_Famous_Kopites (@A_Famous_Kopite) July 26, 2016
Good luck to Jon Flanagan on his season long loan at Burley. Game time will do him the world of good. #LFC
— Callum Wright (@Mr_CallumWright) July 26, 2016
@jon_flan93 Stay at LFC. It’s a long season – you will get your chance. And you’ll take it.
— Cian Doherty (@CianDoherty8) July 24, 2016