By Dominic Toner
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is interested in bringing Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan to Turf Moor for the new season, according to a report.
The 23-year-old full-back only returned to action during the latter stages of last season after a 19-month lay-off with a knee injury and is contracted at the Merseyside club until 2019, after securing a new deal worth £5.2million earlier this year.
The Sun report that Burnley are considering a move for fit-again Flanagan on loan as he could provide some needed experience and quality to their squad.
The academy graduate would most likely be competing with England international Nathaniel Clyne if he remains at Anfield this summer, who like many other players have not returned to pre-season yet following their Euro and Copa America commitments.
Flanagan has filled in at left-back during his career already despite predominately being a right-back, and provides some good versatility for any manager.
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.
Burnley will be hoping a better opportunity for first-team football could be enough to tempt the youngster in to a loan, as he would be competing with the current crop of full-backs Matthew Lowton, Danny Lafferty, Stephen Ward and Tendauo Darikwa for a defensive spot.
Sean Dyche helped guide his side to the Championship title last season with an immediate return to the top-flight, and will be hoping to fare better than in the 2014/15 season where they were relegated with just 33 points.
Liverpool may be more focused in dealing with their own defensive crisis before they consider letting players go, as they are down to their last two senior centre-backs in Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip after an injury to Joe Gomez.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they are set to hold crunch talks with midfielder Joe Allen about his future after a former club table a bid for him.