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flanagan.jpg JON FLANAGAN

 

PROFILE by Dave Usher

 

Date of Birth - 01/01/93 Nationality - English

Position - Right back

Squad Number - 38

Cost - Club Hons (Lpool) -

Intnl Hons - England u21

Other Clubs - None

 

A tough tackling full back who has made rapid progress through the ranks. Jon enjoyed a fine season at u18 level under Rodolfo Borrell in 2009/10, and forced his way into the reserve side towards the end of the campaign.

 

That summer he was promoted to train full time with the reserve squad, despite still being eligible for the u18 side who he represented in the FA Youth Cup. When Kenny Dalglish became manager in January 2011, that gave hope to all the lads at the Academy as Kenny knew them all very well having worked at the Academy for two years previously.

 

John's consistent displays for the second string were rewarded by 'the King', who responded to a mini injury crisis at full back by calling the 18 year old into the first team for the home game against Manchester City. 'Flano' turned in an impeccable display, being unfazed by the likes of Milner and Silva, and he followed that up with another mature display at Arsenal the following week.

 

Even with Glen Johnson returning from injury, Jon kept his place for the remainder of the season, alternating between left and right back and never letting the side down. He was rewarded with a call up for England u19s, one of seven reds named in the squad, but unfortunately he picked up an injury and had to withdraw.

 

Jon began the following campaign in the starting line up for the first team as they faced Sunderland at Anfield but made way for Martin Kelly for the following week's game at Arsenal. With Kelly and Glen Johnson both ahead of him in the pecking order, it was difficult for the youngster to get games under his belt, and he only featured in eight games (five from the start) in 2011/12.

 

 

Video Clips of John Flanagan in action

 

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