Liverpool full back John Flanagan has vowed to continue improving under Kenny Dalglish after beginning the season as the club's No.1 right-back.

Injury to Glen Johnson saw Flanagan picked ahead of Martin Kelly for The Reds' Barclays Premier League opener against Sunderland last weekend.

England international Johnson will be expected to take over as the club's premier right back upon his return from injury, but Flanagan insists he is committed to improving sufficiently to keep his place

“I just want to continue improving,” Flanagan said.

“There are areas where I need to get better such as going forward and crossing. I need to work on everything.

“With lads like Glen and Martin there is plenty of competition in the squad. That’s always good to have. It means if you do get in the team you have to take the chance.

“Martin is only a few years older than me. He came in last season and did brilliantly. He showed exactly how to grab an opportunity.”


Flanagan's versatility saw him fill in at left back and midfield last season, performances that yielded a four-year contract this summer, and the youngster hopes proving he can play anywhere will help him clock up more appearances.

“My natural position is right-back but I’d play anywhere for the club,” he added.

“Left-back is okay too and I came on in midfield against Valencia. I don’t mind if I have a new role as a holding midfielder now.

“Playing on either side isn’t much different. You have the same job to do, you’re just on the other flank.

“Obviously I’m more comfortable on the right because I’m right-footed but the left side is fine.”

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