By Coral Barry
Jon Flanagan has revealed he has no plans to play for any club other than Liverpool.
The Liverpool full-back put in a fantastic performance against Manchester City on Wednesday night as he stepped up his recovery from a near career-ending knee injury.
Two operations on his knee kept the 23-year-old out for more than 18 months, but Flanagan’s first Premier League start in 22 months helped Liverpool to a comprehensive 3-0 triumph.
Now with his contract expiring in the summer and Liverpool yet to offer him a new deal, Flanagan spoke to the Liverpool Echo about how much the club means to him.
Flanagan said: “It was always my dream to play for Liverpool. I pinch myself every day when I think about what I’ve done so far but hopefully there’s a lot more to come.
“Carra [Jamie Carragher] and Stevie [Steven Gerrard] were both massive for me. From the first day I went to Melwood, they were giving me great advice and guiding me.
“Being local lads themselves, they knew the situation I was in. I learned so much from them,.”
Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park at the weekend to face Crystal Palace with their eye on clinching three successive wins for the first time this season.
Inconsistency has plagued the Anfield club so far this campaign with the Reds’ impressive victory against City coming just three days after losing the League Cup final to the same opponent.
Flanagan reintroduced himself to Anfield on Wednesday night by putting in a ferocious tackle on former Liverpool player, now intensely hated City player, Raheem Sterling after just 30 seconds.
Flanagan explained that his ambitions for a career at Liverpool go far beyond keeping his place for the Palace clash or winning a new contract.
He said: “I’m a local lad and this is my club. I want to stay here and help Liverpool win trophies. I want to be a one-club man.
“I’d missed that buzz and it’s fantastic every time I pull on the shirt for Liverpool.
“I’m just focused on my football and letting my agent deal with the contract side of things. I just have to do my stuff on the pitch and show the manager what I can do.”
After the City win, Liverpool are just six points behind the Sky Blues and the final Champions League spot.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to seize the opportunity for one final push for Europe with ten games left.