I can perform at the highest level: 24-year-old outcast desperate to prove himself at Liverpool
By Danny Wright
Jon Flanagan is desperate to prove that he still has a future at Liverpool.
The 24-year-old is currently on loan at Burnley but he is keen to show Jurgen Klopp that he still has a role to play on Merseyside.
However the Anfield outcast is struggling for game-time with Burnley at the moment and will have to force himself into Sean Dyche’s plans before he has any hope of ousting Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner from the full-back slots at his parent club.
Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield in their next Premier League fixture on Sunday.
“I’ve got a job to do for Burnley until the end of the season but after that I want to go back and prove what I’m all about at Liverpool,” said Flanagan to the Liverpool Echo.
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“One of my greatest strengths is my self-belief. What I’ve done in the past is change people’s opinions of me and force my way into a very good Liverpool team.
“I’ve shown that I can perform at the highest level. I am more than confident of doing the same again. I still feel like I’ve got a lot to offer. I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge.”
Flanagan has played at both right and left-back for the Clarets this season but in all competitions he has only managed nine appearances.
His last outing for the club won’t help his cause either, as the Liverpool academy product was one of the key under-performer’s in Burnley’s shocking 1-0 loss to non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup in mid-February.
It’s not the only time Flanagan has been part of the side when they have lost to lower-league opposition this season. He also took part in all 120 minutes of an extra time loss to Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup in August.
The England international, who has just one cap to his name, has made 50 appearances for Liverpool in his career and was a key part of the squad that almost won the league title in 2013/14 when he played 25 times for the club.
In other Liverpool news, a Sky Sports pundit has said that the club should be eyeing this 18-year-old.