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Flanagan firmly in Klopp’s Liverpool plans

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The Reds academy graduate has a future at Anfield

Jon Flanagan is a big part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the season ahead, after returning from an 18-month injury layoff  in January.

Some reports had tipped the Scouse defender to leave the club this summer, with Celtic and Burnley reportedly interested in signing the defender who played a major role in the Reds’ title challenge in 2013/14, where they narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City.

Reports suggested former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked at the back end of last year, wanted to take the full-back on loan, but that the Anfield outfit were only keen on a permanent deal.

However, reports since have said that the club have no intention of letting the player, who has become a fans favourite at Liverpool, go under any circumstances.

Flanagan featured just eight times under Klopp last season, but after improving his fitness, the defender looks set to be ready for the new campaign ahead. It is good news for the Liverpool boss, who is set to be without four of his defenders when the new season starts.

“It was great to get back in the second half of last season but I wasn’t 100% match fit after so long out,” said Flanagan.

“Although it was frustrating for me not to be in the squad on match days 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 knee is perfect. I haven’t missed a single session so far and it’s all good. Hopefully it carries on like that.”

Flanagan has featured against both Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood, during pre-season.

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