Jon Flanagan has somewhat gone off the radar over the past few months but has recently reiterated his desire to fight for his place at Liverpool.
The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Burnley, who Liverpool will face at home on Sunday, but looks set to return to Merseyside when his temporary deal expires in the summer.
Flanagan was a surprise standout performer in the 2013/2014 season in which the Reds just fell short of winning the Premier League but has since seen little action due to injuries.
He still has two years left on his current contract at Anfield and is determined to reestablish himself after promising so much during his breakout campaign.
“I still believe I’ve got a future at Liverpool,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“One of my greatest strengths is my self-belief. What I’ve done in the past is change people’s opinions of me and force my way into a very good Liverpool team.”
“I’ve shown that I can perform at the highest level. I am more than confident of doing the same again. I still feel like I’ve got a lot to offer. I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge.”
“I’ve got a job to do for Burnley until the end of the season but after that I want to go back and prove what I’m all about at Liverpool.”
Flanagan became the local hero, the old fashioned full-back with that added touch of quality on the ball, the Scouser who could put in the crunching tackles. He very quickly became a fan favourite and the way he was hampered by injuries seems to cruel looking back now.
Returning to fitness is key for him now and coming as close to rediscovering his top form as possible. Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly give him his chance to impress, just as he has given a number of the club’s youngsters.