Liverpool defender John Flanagan has signed a new long-term contract following an impressive break-through season at Anfield, and Reds chiefs are convinced the youngster will fulfil his huge potential.

The 18-year-old made seven first team appearances last season as Liverpool closed in on sixth spot in the Barclays Premier League, and Director of football Damien Comolli says: “The first thing everyone will say is he deserves it because he did so well for us towards the end of last season.

"Flanno had a long time left on his current deal but we felt it was the right thing to do, to reward him for what he's done.

"His attitude is absolutely terrific. As you see him on the pitch - committed, dedicated, the intensity of his game - is what he's like off the pitch. He's very professional, he knows how to look after himself and who to listen to, and I think that's why he's improved so quickly.

"He's only 18-years-old and he's still got so much room for improvement in every area of his game - but he's already very good going forward, technically he's very sound. I'm sure in two years' time we'll talk about him having made even bigger progress.

"We're really looking forward to his development and seeing how he's going to do."



Flanagan made his debut for The Reds against Manchester City in April, playing the full 90 minutes, and impressing manager Kenny Dalglish.

"The young boy is not bad. For us that is really encouraging as well because it is a reflection of the work that is being done at the academy and if we have a strong academy it can only benefit us for years to come."

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