Liverpool Boss Unsure Over The Future Of Young Defender

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Flanagan could be set for short term exit.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is still not sure what to do with young defender Jon Flanagan, but a short term loan deal is thought to be the likeliest outcome, Sky Sports reports.

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The young full-back first broke through into the Reds first team back in the 2010/11 season, but since has since failed to hold down a regular starting spot.

He was brought into the squad for Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby and impressed with his performance.

The game against Everton was only his second of the season with Aly Cissokho and Luis Enrique providing a more experienced approach ahead of him so for this term.

And Rodgers has admitted that even though Flanagan has played his way back into his thinking he may still need to leave on a short term loan deal in the new year.

“He needs to play football. But if he plays like he played today, he is going to get football,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s been remarkable, really, that we haven’t had any clubs come in to take him on loan. We will always facilitate the wages, but we have had just one club come in for him, and that was a League One club. He’s a young player that needs to play.

“There have been a couple of enquiries about him, but nothing concrete. I just felt that I needed to have him about, and in the end I needed him to play in the Arsenal game.

“He’s done brilliantly, and that gives me something to think about.”

On the England U21 international’s performance against Everton at Goodison Park, Rodgers added: “Jon Flanagan was immense.

“A young kid from the city, given the chance to play in a derby game that will be on Sky Gold in about 30 years’ time, and given the chance because of his desire to put himself out there every day.”

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