Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan will be handed a new long-term deal at the end of the season.

The Guardian report Flanagan will be awarded for his superb form over the course of the season by being offered a lengthy contract by Brendan Rodgers.

Flanagan is now seen as an important member of Liverpool's first-team squad.

The 21-year-old Englishman has featured in 16 games for Liverpool this season with Flanagan being deployed at either right-back or left-back during the course of the season.

Liverpool boss Rodgers has confirmed Flanagan, who has just 12 months left on his current deal, will 'definitely' be handed a new deal in the summer.

Rodgers, speaking on Thursday, said on Flanagan: "Jon will be given a new contract. Come the summer he's got another year so he will definitely be given a new deal in the summer, no question.

"He has been outstanding. He reminded me of Steve Nicol against Manchester United on Sunday – a right-footed player on the left side, steady, aggressive, no fear; he's been a revelation, and particularly in the big games.

"It's great when you see a young player develop like that. You can see the confidence he has now. He has made himself an important member of the squad."

Flanagan progressed his way through Liverpool's academy to the first team after joining the north-west giants in 2004.

The England Under-21 starlet was first given a chance to impress under Kenny Dalglish - but has made the majority of his senior appearances under Rodgers.

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