Liverpool who are set for an overhaul in the summer need a cover for the left back position with Spaniard Alberto Moreno not impressing in his time at Anfield.
But half of those troubles seemed to have been solved when local favorite Jon Flanagan came back from injury and showed his mettle, especially in the league tie against Manchester City at Anfield.
The 23-year old has since been able to impress the new manager Jurgen Klopp and it was finally announced that ‘scouse-cafu’ as the fans in Liverpool call him, signed a new contract with the club.
Flanagan’s contract was set to expire after the end of this season and it looked like his time at Liverpool was over after he picked up an 18-month injury.
However, the Liverpool-born defender has extended his terms, believed to keep him at the club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 23-year old is a versatile defender on either flank and played a key role in Liverpool’s charge to the second spot under Brendan Rodgers just two seasons ago. However, he picked up a serious injury in March of 2014 and missed out the rest of the season and only came back to action earlier this year.
His contract was extended for another year at the start of the previous season as he was allowed to rehabilitate at the Merseyside but the England national has captured the imagination of the German who now arguably sees him as an integral part of his plans for the future at the club.
The defender shone in the City game and also in the trip to Selhurst Park recently and has made Klopp regret leaving him out of the squad for his Europa league campaign.
Flanagan also revealed earlier this month that he wants to be a one club man and that his future is at Liverpool for the long term. He expressed his happiness in a press conference and said that he is pleased and relieved that he has had some positive news after his hard work to come back from injury.
“It’s brilliant. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child. I think this is my third professional contract now, so I’m really pleased,” Flanagan told Liverpool’s official website.
The Liverpool manager also spoke to the press about the contract extension and revealed that the whole club is happy for the 23-year old for his new contract and that it was an easy decision after his recent performances.
“We are happy especially for Flanno – with a long-term injury it can be difficult and this is better for Flanno. There are other full-backs in the world, but not so many scousers. He is our boy and we are really happy,” Klopp added.
However, Flanagan will have to work hard for a place in the squad next season as he might not get too much of consistent game time from now to the end of the season with the manager stressing the importance of continuing to manage his fitness.
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