Flanagan looking for Reds progression

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Kenny Dalglish boasts a wealth of right-back options at Liverpool, and one player fighting for his right to a starting berth in the Reds line-up is Jon Flanagan.

After featuring in the opening day draw with Sunderland at Anfield, the 18-year-old defender has not since featured for Liverpool this term, but insists he is ready for the challenge of Tottenham this weekend.

"Hopefully I can get back in the team - that's my target," confirmed Flanagan. "We've got a few injuries at the moment so maybe I'll get another chance soon.

"Kells [Martin Kelly] is back in training so it all depends what Kenny wants to do but if he needs me at Tottenham I'll be ready.

"All I can do is keep working hard in training and keep listening to the coaches. When I do get back in there I'll have to show what I can do.


"Kenny has massively helped me and shown a lot of trust in me. I need to keep repaying that faith."

Flanagan has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence, after being given an opportunity to impress by Dalglish when he returned to Liverpool, initially as interim manager last season.

The academy graduate looked comfortable in making the transition into the senior side, and cemented his place in the team for the final seven matches of the campaign.

He admitted that he has been delighted by his development throughout 2011, but maintained there is still plenty of room for improvement as he looks to continue his progression.

"Last season everything went great for me," Flanagan continued. "To get a run of games like I did towards the end was amazing.

"This season hasn't gone as well as I hoped so far but it's still unbelievable what I'm doing at such a young age.

"It's every kid's dream to play football in the Barclays Premier League. I've already played nine games for the club I support and I want to play more. I just need to ensure I keep progressing."

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