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Liverpool star ruled out for up to nine months with horror injury

Liverpool star Jon Flanagan has been ruled out for the next six to nine months after undergoing knee surgery according to the Daily Express.

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It is a huge setback for the 22-year-old, as he has already missed the last 12 months with a separate knee issue. Flanagan’s contract expires in the summer, and despite Brendan Rodgers having promised that the youngster would be offered a new deal, this latest injury may cause him to reconsider. After all, he will now miss a significant proportion of next season, and there is no guarantee that the surgery will resolve all his issues.

The full-back, who can play on either side of the defence, was a key part of the Reds side that put together a great run of results at the back end of the last campaign to mount a late title challenge. However, he hasn’t played a first team game since the end of that season.

In the meantime, the Merseyside club have added Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno to play at right and left-back, though Glen Johnson is expected to depart this summer. It is also not clear if Flanagan is suited to playing at wing-back in what appears to be Rodgers’ preferred system at the moment.

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