Former Liverpool left back Alan Kennedy has paid tribute to young defenders John Flanagan and Jack Robinson.

The teenage pair have had a rapid rise to the top at Anfield following an injury crisis to the first team, with both featuring in recent weeks against Arsenal and Birmingham after Flanagan made his debut against Manchester City the previous week.

“John was fantastic on his debut against Man City and has carried that on against Arsenal and Birmingham. He’s strong in the tackle and good with the ball," the legendary Liverpool defender told the Echo.

“Jack came on at Arsenal and had Theo Walcott racing at him but handled him really well and timed his tackles right."

With a plethora of young talent climbing the ranks on Merseyside, the defensive pair have taken their opportunity with both hands and Kennedy believes they have shown the potential to be stars of the future.


 

“It’s been a real test of character and they have both done excellently. It’s difficult because if you are given a chance as a kid and don’t take it then people turn around and say you can’t do it. It’s tough in the Premier League but they have grasped it," Kennedy continued.

“They have set very high standards and have to keep that going now. Kenny Dalglish knew what potential they had and to see two young local full-backs coming through gives everyone a lift.

“With the two youngsters alongside Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel we’re looking more assured defensively than we have done for a while. If they keep delivering the goods it will save the club a few bob. They could be Liverpool’s full-backs for years to come.”

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