Liverpool are set to talk with right-back Jon Flanagan about an extension on his Anfield deal at the end of the season, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim today that the Reds are interested in offering the defender a new deal as Brendan Rodgers is a big fan, and that both parties are confident of coming to a swift compromise. Flanagan shot to notoriety during last season’s Premier League venture but has cut a frustrated figure this term thanks to an injury sustained prior to the first game of the campaign.
In fact he was so good last year that he ended up forcing his way onto Roy Hodgson’s stand-by list for the World Cup in Brazil, only narrowly missing out on a place in the squad that travelled to South America. Such fortunes will have made the blow felt when he picked up a knee injury all the more gutting, and it will be a point of huge positivity that the club are ready to keep faith with him.
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Their longing to get a deal done is thought to centre around the fact that they’re wary about letting local talents go, particularly since Steven Gerrard will be taking his leave for LA Galaxy in the summer. Glen Johnson is another English player who is expected to be departing, and Liverpool are sure to be keeping an eye on the home grown quota the Premier League enforce.
Deal to be offered
That means that they’ll be ready to offer Flanagan terms to his satisfaction, which is virtually guaranteed to accept. Despite the loan arrival of Javier Manquillo and competition from Emre Can - who has yet to find a regular position for himself in the starting XI - the Englishman is a favourite in the Liverpool camp and it would definitely be a surprise to see him looking for a move away.
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That being said competition for places will be fierce in Rodgers’ squad, especially if they manage to sneak into the top four places and subsequently get themselves in the Champions League.
If Flanagan’s ill-fortunes off the pitch continue he may find it increasingly hard to get back into the first-team, and so pledging his long-term future to the club might be an action he has to seriously take into consideration.
Liverpool fans, does Flanagan deserve to sign a new deal at Anfield? Let us know in the comments box below.
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