Liverpool to end uncertainty over defender's future by agreeing new deal
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool are set to end uncertainty over Jon Flanagan’s future by handing him a new deal, Football Insider sources understand.
The full-back, 23, is out of contract in the summer after two years of his career were wiped out by a terrible knee injury.
But Liverpool have been impressed by how the Academy graduate has fought his way back into the team and a source has told Football Insider he will be offered an extension to his agreement.
Flanagan, who was a non-playing substitute against Manchester City in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat, signed a 12-month extension when he was sidelined last season.
He has made three first-team appearances since making his comeback last in January and is putting pressure on struggling left-back Alberto Moreno.
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Skipper Jordan Henderson believes that it is important Flanagan remains at the club he supports.
“It’s huge that it gets sorted out,” said Henderson on Sunday. “I don’t think players and people like Flanno grow on trees, to be honest. You have people like him and Stevie and Carra who have come through the Academy and the fans feel as though they are one of them really which they are.
“His whole family support Liverpool; he has been a Liverpool supporter since he was a kid and he has had a difficult time for the last year, two years, but what I have seen him do behind the scenes is incredible really. I know how hard he has been working.
“The attitude he has had with the injury he has had, I was only out for three or four months but that felt long for me and it was difficult for me to handle as I’d never experienced that length of time out. But for the injury he had and how long he was out, it was incredible the way he went about it.
“Every day in here he came in with a smile on his face, did his work and for me you need to be rewarding people like that for what he done. Now he has back and the games he has played it is as if he has never been away. He has been brilliant.
“Training exactly the same. He is a huge player for us, a huge player for the club and the fans as well. It is in everyone’s interests for that to be sorted out soon.”