Jon Flanagan's return to fitness gives Brendan Rodgers a good selection dilemma

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Jon Flanagan has been kept out of the Liverpool squad due to a knee injury all season, and with the season's end nearing, his return becomes ever so imminent.

In his time out of the side there has been lots of new personel join the Reds and along with a new formation Brendan Rodgers has chosen to implement, makes it a very different outfit that Flanagan now has to get used to. 

The exact date of Flanagan's return is still unknown, but if it is soon, whether he breaks into the side straight away is up for debate.

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To answer this I will look into the position that he is most likely to play in the current Liverpool lineup.

Right wing-back - Most would argue that in the current formation that Rodgers has in place, this would be the most likely position that Flanagan plays in.

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When fit, Flanagan was always deployed in one of the full-back roles, however with the new formation, the wing-backs are now required to do more attacking than the full-backs of last season, whilst still providing a large amount of defensive cover.

Rodgers has often played the likes of Lazar Markovic, Jordan Ibe, Adam Lallana and even Raheem Sterling at right wing-back in 2015, more so than Javier Manquillo and Glen Johnson so he clearly values the attack minded player rather than defensively minded.

This could be because of the form of our back three, which gives the wing-backs more chance to stream forward.

Furthermore to the argument that Rodgers prefers an attack minded player in this position is that Manquillo has been spending most of his time on the bench of late, so what does Flanagan offer that Manquillo does not?

The answer is experience under Rodgers and work-rate, not to say Manquillo doesn't work hard enough, but those who watched Liverpool last season know that Flanagan's work-rate and intensity is top notch.

Proven quality

The way Liverpool are playing at the moment it is hard to say that Flanagan would hold a regular starting spot in the team as soon as he is back from injury, but nevertheless Flanagan's return means that Rodgers has got his best full-back from last season available again.

It may be a very winnable game at Anfield where an attack minded player takes on the wing-back role, alternatively we may be playing away to a top side and will be defending more than usual, and this is where Flanagan may see most of his game time going forward.

It doesn't matter if Flanagan takes up a role in the starting line-up or not, the fact is that when fit he offers a different style of play than any of our other wing back options, an option that Rodgers very much welcomes.

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