Liverpool reserve first team defender Jon Flanagan has been charged with common assault by Merseyside Police today for an incident that took place in the city centre in the early hours of Friday morning last week, which resulted in the player’s arrest.
He has since been released on bail and has now been given a court date on January 2nd. Beyond that, there is little information on the specifics of the incident that led to his charging, and the club have declined to comment on what is an ongoing police matter.
"Merseyside Police can confirm that Jonathan Patrick Flanagan has been charged with Section 39 common assault following an incident on Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at around 3.20am on Friday December 22,” read the police statement on the matter. "He has been released on conditional police bail and will appear before Liverpool City Magistrates' Court on January 2 2018."
Liverpool’s statement on the matter read as follows: ”The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving a member of the first team playing squad. We will be making no further comment on the matter while the process is ongoing with the relevant authorities."
Flanagan has made one first team appearance for the club this season, in the EFL Cup against Leicester City, following his surprise retention last summer. He has made 51 total Liverpool appearances, mostly coming before a serious knee injury suffered in the summer of 2014 during pre-season.