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Jon Flanagan Set to Return after Lengthy Injury Spell

The Liverpool defender is set to feature in a youth game against Fleetwood Town for his first competitive game in 19 months.

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Liverpool need depth at fullback. Desperately. Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno are fine first-choice fullbacks, but the promising Connor Randall is relatively untested at senior level, José Enrique hasn't been an option for some time now, and Jon Flanagan appears to be a fond memory from a couple of seasons ago. Although Randall has time to grow and the January transfer window will offer an opportunity to strengthen Jürgen Klopp's options, Liverpool need Jon Flanagan.

Flanagan was last seen in action earlier this year in March. 30 minutes in an All-Star charity game seemed to hint a potential return to action last season before scans revealed more issues with a troublesome knee. After two operations and 19 months since his last competitive appearance, Flanagan is back. Yes, you can call it a comeback. Andy Hunter reported that an under-21 game against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday will be the scene of the 22-year-old's return.

Knee injuries can drastically derail a player's career, but it is hoped that a young player who was involved in a title challenge will be able to build up his fitness and eventually return to action for the senior side. Since pre-season preparations for 2014/15 were marred by news of Flanagan's injuries, many fans were hopeful that the local lad would be able to return and continue his Liverpool career. There may be some way to go, but this is undoubtedly good news.

Flanagan has made 42 competitive appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring an absolute cracker of a goal against Tottenham Hotspur. He's also made one appearance for the England national team.

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