By Alex Taylor
Liverpool academy graduate Jon Flanagan has explained his decision to leave Anfield on loan this summer.
The 23-year-old starlet has become Sean Dyche’s third signing of the transfer window after opting to join the Premier League club in the search for first-team football.
The youngster has had a injury-plagued 18 months and, with Nathaniel Clyne the undisputed first choice right-back at Liverpool, he is now looking to play regularly.
“I need to get back to the level I was at and to do that I feel like I need a consistent run of games, so I think this is the best opportunity to do that,” Flanagan said, as quoted by the Daily Star. “It’s a massive club with passionate fans and I can’t wait to get started here now.”
Despite managing a short revival from injury at the start of 2016, Flanagan was unable to force his way back into the Liverpool first team.
He made five Premier League appearances last season, including a start in the Reds last league game of 2016 against West Brom.
The versatile defender has made 50 appearances for his side since making his debut as a teenager, scoring one goal.
The 23-year-old is one of the Merseyside outfit’s most promising emerging talents alongside Divock Origi, Joe Gomez, and Emre Can.
Flanagan would join five Liverpool players who have left the club this season to pursue first-team football elsewhere, including goalkeeping pair Adam Bogdan and Danny Ward.
In other Liverpool transfer news, young Real Madrid sensation Martin Odegaard is set for a loan move and is anxious for Jurgen Klopp to make a move.