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Jon Flanagan Believes Liverpool Can Kick On Without European Football

Before Saturday’s match, Jon Flanagan spoke about Liverpool’s chances and his new opportunity at Burnley this season.

Burnley v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Before Liverpool’s match against Burnley on Saturday - the less said about it the better - new Burnley loanee Jon Flanagan sat down for an interview for the official match program.

Unsurprisingly, the short interview focused on the Scouse player’s strong Liverpool ties and how he sees the team faring this season.

“It’s tough for places at Liverpool and the manager said there might not be much game time. I had a couple of options, but I spoke to the gaffer [at Burnley] and I felt this was the right place for me to push on,” the defender said.

“I think there is a lot of belief there now and a lot of fight,” he said, albeit before Saturday’s game. “I feel like they’ll do well this year with the one game a week and no European football.

“That will do them well and hopefully they’ll be up there challenging. It was a fantastic win for them last week against Arsenal, not many teams score four there and while they have things to improve on it’s a great start.”

Whether Flanagan’s opinion has been swayed by the Reds’ dismal performance on Saturday is unknown, but for now he backs his boyhood club to do well this season.

Regarding his own injuries that kept him out of commission for eighteen months, Flanagan admitted, “The injury happened but hopefully I’m past that now and I can push on to play as many games as I can in the Premier League. It’s very tough and so frustrating but I’m mentally tough and now I’ve come out the other end positively.”

Jon Flanagan is an easy guy to root for, and with any luck, his Burnley loan this season will help build his confidence and strength for when he returns to Liverpool next summer.