By Dominic Toner
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is desperate to impress boss Jurgen Klopp during pre-season and insists he is now fully fit after his long-term injury.
The 23-year-old only returned to fitness in January after being plagued with an 18-month knee injury.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “It was great to get back in the second half of last season but I wasn’t 100% match fit after so long out.
“Although it was frustrating for me not to be in the squad on matchdays towards the end of last season, looking back now maybe it was the right decision. Now I feel great and things are going well.”
The full-back insists that his knee is now in a perfect condition and he has been able to participate in every training session during the pre-season so far.
The young Englishman has already had successful spells at Anfield and was rewarded by ex-England manager Roy Hodgson in 2014, handing the youngster his only senior appearance to date.
Flanagan has now turned his attention on regaining his place in the Liverpool side and catching the eye of Klopp:
“I was in her over summer either side of my holiday to do some sessions with the physics and the fitness coaches. It was all about trying to get a bit of a head start really.
“This is going to be a big season both for the club and for me personally. The extra sessions have got to benefit me. Hopefully I can get super fit and stay like that for the season.”
The academy graduate will most likely be competing with England international Nathaniel Clyne, who like many other players have not returned to pre-season yet following their Euro and Copa America commitments.
Flanagan has also filled in at left-back during his career already and provides some good versatility for the manager.
Klopp has already added former Schalke defender Joel Matip to his squad, alongside Loris Karius and Sadio Mane as he prepares for the upcoming season.
In the latest Liverpool news, ex-flop has agreed a transfer to top-tier club.