Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is ready to return after missing the entire first-half of the season…
Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan is ready to return to the Anfield stage in the coming weeks, after missing the entire first-half of the season through injury. Despite several summer arrivals, the youngster is optimistic about his chances.
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Reports in the Daily Mirror confirm that Flanagan, 22, has vowed to fight for his Liverpool future, as he finally prepares to return from debilitating injury. He will return to light training next week, but faces a fight to win back a spot in the team that he made his own last season.
The summer arrivals of Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo have added plenty of competition in the full-back areas, while Jose Enrique has also returned from a long-term injury of his own.
“I know I need to consistently do well if I’m to get in the team and then stay there…I want to keep developing as a footballer. That’s why not being available has been so frustrating,” Flanagan admitted.
“Then I saw that we signed two full-backs, I immediately thought, ‘I need to up my game now’. But competition for places doesn’t bother me. I’m always up for the fight.”
“I’ve been out for what has felt like a really long time. It’s been very frustrating, and that’s one of the downsides of football that people don’t see,” he revealed. You’re out of routine because you are used to training and playing, being around the squad and having a laugh on a daily basis.
“Once you are injured, your schedule changes completely. You have to rest on different days and work on other areas – it’s not nice but it has to be done and will be worth all the effort in the end. I’ve got in the team before and kept my place. Now I need to do that again.”
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