The football gods giveth, and the football gods taketh away. Lately, they've been in a far more taketh-y mood with regards to Liverpool Football Club, with the Reds currently sitting top of the Premier League Injury table. In fact, our injured XI would make a pretty decent side, crutches and all.
One name that has been removed from the injury list is fullback Jon Flanagan, who is slowly working his way back to match fitness after over a year and a half of knee woes.
The Scouse Cafu has made a couple of appearances for the Liverpool U-21s, and added another 45 minutes in the first half of Monday's 2-1 victory over Southampton's youth squad. By all accounts, Flanagan acquitted himself well, winning a penalty on the half-hour mark to draw level with the Saints. Flano came off at halftime as a planned substitution.
This appearance marks his third so far for the U-21s since returning from injury, and his second full half completed. These are excellent signs for the young fullback who was instrumental during the title challenging campaign of 2013/14. Obviously there are questions as to whether Flanagan can return to his excellent pre-injury form, but getting healthy is the first step. We've had to dig deep to find some silver linings on the dark black injury cloud currently hanging over Melwood, and Jon Flanagan may just be that.