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Jon Flanagan made Liverpool captain; local boy handed armband as key players miss Southampton clash

Jon Flanagan has been named Liverpool captain for the first time when the Reds face Southampton away on Sunday.

The full-back signed a new three-year contract with the club—which he has supported since he was a boy—earlier in the week, and has now been handed the armband to cap off a magnificent week.

As confirmed by the club’s official Twitter handle, the youngster will lead the side out in the absence of some of the team’s more senior players.

According to the Liverpool Echo, club captain Jordan Henderson misses out on the starting XI due to an illness and can only make the bench, while Reds vice captain James Milner is missing due to a one-game suspension.

Roberto Firmino also misses the match due to a hamstring injury [Liverpool Echo], with the Brazil football federation acknowledging earlier in the week [via their official website] that he had been withdrawn from the squad to face Uruguay and Paraguay in upcoming friendlies.

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Liverpool-born Flanagan has been at the club for his whole career, winning the League Cup in 2012 and making his debut for England two years later.

He will be keen to end the year on a high after missing much of the campaign through injury.

 

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