Liverpool ace agrees loan move to Premier League rivals in bid to secure Anfield future

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Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan will join Burnley on a season-long loan deal this year as he looks to prove his fitness and form with the Clarets.

The 23-year-old was seen as a key piece for the future at Anfield, but a serious knee injury has frustratingly stunted his progress.

According to The Mirror, he’ll now join Sean Dyche’s men for their campaign back in the top flight of English football and will likely have a key role to play in their bid to avoid relegation.

Flanagan has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury, and will now hope to get regular football under his belt in order to return to full fitness and prove his worth.

Liverpool are said to remain hopeful that he can become a first-team regular at Anfield in the future, and that is reflected in their decision to hand him a new three-year deal in March.

However, with Nathaniel Clyne the first-choice right back and with Jurgen Klopp seemingly set to consider his options at left-back with Alberto Moreno failing to provide the assurances he needs, Flanagan will likely be better served by taking the loan deal rather than fight for a place in the Reds line-up.

Having broken into the team during the 2013/14 campaign, the Anfield youth product received praise from all quarters for his initial impact and he’ll be hoping for more of the same this season.

Burnley have remained quiet in the transfer window on the whole, with Dyche bringing in just Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope as he looks to find a way to keep the club in the Premier League for another year.

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