Liverpool defender completes mass exodus with Championship loan

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Jon Flanagan became one of the final transfer deadline day moves as he followed a number of his teammates to the Championship in search of regular first team football.

The Liverpool defender has been a peripheral at the club so far this season, with his only senior appearance coming in the Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City.

Despite training with the first team, he has predominantly featured as one of the more experienced figures in Neil Critchley’s U23s side.

Flanagan has joined Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal until the end of the season, confirmed

The move marks the 25-year-old’s second loan spell, having endured an unsuccessful stint with Burnley last season.

Flanagan was a star figure as Liverpool finished Premier League runners-up in 2013/2014, evolving as an unknown commodity into an symbol of local pride and passion.

His tough tackling and old-fashioned approach saw him emerge as a fan favourite as the Brendan Rodgers-led Reds inspired Anfield’s transformation into a fortress.

Having returned from a long-term knee injury in January 2016, he has since slipped below Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander in the club’s order of backups for long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne.

Whilst a loan move for many of Liverpool’s U23s marks a meaningful step up in their development, Flanagan’s switch seems the logical progression in aid of simply refreshing his career.

The full-back was recently handed a 12-month community order for assaulting his girlfriend in Liverpool’s city centre.

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