Despite rumors of Jon Flanagan maybe moving to join Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, it appears that the full-back is still very much in Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp's plans for the coming season. Considering Klopp's current shortage in the back, thanks to the departure of Martin Skrtel and injuries to both Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, this should come as no surprise.
Once Flanagan regained his fitness at the end of last season, Liverpool quickly signed him to a new three-year contract in March. The aggressive and talented 23-year-old can play full-back on either side, and would be an incredibly useful piece of Klopp's team set up. Despite evidence to the contrary, first choice Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne isn't an indefatigable robot who can play every game forever, so having a trusted back up will be a welcome change this season. On the left side, things are more fluid at the moment, because bringing in another left-back in addition to Alberto Moreno may still be in the cards this summer.
The hardworking Flanagan returned to Melwood early to get some extra training in before the start of the season. He spent eighteen months out after needing knee surgery, but he managed to make eight appearances for the Reds last season. It would have been more had he been registered to play in the Europa League, where indeed his presence was missed as Clyne and Moreno piled on the minutes.He's played in both of Liverpool's first two pre-season friendlies and will likely be seen again on Sunday against Wigan.
This is good news for those excited to see Flanagan pick up this season where he left off before his injury. The Scouser and former Academy player has become a fan favorite around Anfield, and we're all hopeful to see him do well.