For the first time in a long time, Liverpool have found consistency at both fullback positions with Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner carving out regular roles in the starting eleven. While the defense as a whole has had an up-and-down campaign, the play from those two has been an improvement on prior seasons.
That's made it easy to forget about Jon Flanagan, the former starting fullback who suffered multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years. Now on loan at Burnley, he's trying to work his way back into the first-team picture with the Reds going forward.
However, he's played in just three matches so far this season.
"I just want to play regular football and get back into the routine I was in two years ago," Flanagan said (via the Echo). "I never doubted for one second I'd be back, I'm mentally tough. We'll see where it goes from there, and hopefully [I'll] get back to Liverpool and a starting place."
As far as watching Burnley defeat the Reds earlier in season, Flanagan called the experience "strange."
"Every week I want Liverpool to win," he said. "My dad used to take me home and away, my idols were Stevie G, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher - but this is my club now. Getting the three points against them was a good day."