Jon Flanagan admits he had mixed emotions after making his first Premier League start for Liverpool since the opening day of the season in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Wigan Athletic.

The 19-year-old defender has been forced to endure a frustrating campaign on the periphery of Kenny Dalglish's first-team squad, but impressed at Anfield in the absence of both Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly, who were ruled out through injury.

"I think I did alright but the result is the main thing and we're all disappointed with that," Flanagan told Sky Sports. "Everyone in the dressing room is very disappointed. We dominated the game but we have to pick ourselves up.

"I'll keep training hard and try to impress the boss and hopefully get more game time."

Liverpool are on a poor run of form which has seen them lose five of their last six Premier League games, and Flanagan has urged his teammates to pick themselves up after the latest setback and bounce back against Newcastle next weekend.

"We've got to train hard all week now, pick ourselves up and get ready for Newcastle," he explained. "Hopefully we can get a win up there."

The Latics loss will be remembered more positively as a game that handed a Premier League debut to another of Liverpool's promising academy starlets as Raheem Sterling made his first-team bow as a second-half substitute.

"I was delighted for Raheem," Flanagan added. "Kenny gave the young kids a chance again, which is great for the club. It shows what we've got coming through."

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