Brazil legend Cafu believes Jon Flanagan has the potential to become one of the best full-backs in the world.
Cafu's admiration for Flanagan started when the 22-year-old played a pivotal role for Liverpool when they came within a whisker of winning the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.
The youngster has been riddled with injury and has undergone knee surgery twice, and has not kicked a ball since the Reds beat Newcastle United on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign.
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Flanagan was paid a visit from Cafu that day against the Magpies, with the former AC Milan man having likely told his young counterpart how to master the role of right back.
The talented youngster is working his way back to full fitness and Cafu, who made 142 appearances for Brazil during his playing career, has backed the former St. Francis Xavier schoolboy to go to the very top.
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“I paid him a visit not long ago,” Cafu told FourFourTwo magazine.
“We had lunch and took some pictures together. He is very fit and has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world."
After a successful season for Liverpool, Flanagan made his debut for England in a World Cup warm-up friendly against Ecuador, replacing Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain after the break.
Although Flanagan did not go to the World Cup, he was put on standby by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson. He travelled to America along with John Stones before the first team went to Brazil as Hodgson wanted the pair to get the feel of what the build-up to an international tournament was like.
Nathaniel Clyne also was not selected by Hodgson but will once again be in competition with Flanagan, this time at Anfield.
Last season, Clyne was arguably the best right back in the Premier League at Southampton and has become a valuable member at Liverpool since signing for £12 million in the summer.
The 24-year-old has carried on from where he left off at St Mary's and has been ultra-consistent at Anfield so far and barely put a foot wrong.
Flanagan has proved in the past he is capable of playing on the left-hand side of defence and could make that role his own on his return.
Left-back is a wide open role and there for the taking as Alberto Moreno has not been fully convincing since joining from Sevilla for £12 million last summer.
Although the Spaniard is very good going forward, his defending is sceptical and most recently allowed Gerard Deulofeu to cross the ball for Romelu Lukaku's goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton.
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