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Flanagan was in excellent form prior to his long-term injury.

Jon Flanagan: Liverpool's forgotten man

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Who do you think of when reminiscing about the Liverpool side that came so close to winning the Premier League two years ago?

Luis Suarez? Steven Gerrard? Perhaps Martin Skrtel? Most probably. There is one man often forgotten about when it comes to that season, however - and his name is Jon Flanagan.

In light of the club's unprecedented capture of Steven Caulker on loan, fans and media have been quick to highlight the injuries sustained by Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, yet not one mention has been given for Flanagan.

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It was the amount of goals that the Reds conceded back in 2013/14 that cost them the title, but the English full-back was by far their best defensive player that campaign.

Often he would start Liverpool's swashbuckling moves down the left flank with a strong, well-timed challenge followed by a marauding run, providing incisive balls for Raheem Sterling and co. to latch onto and score some of the 101 goals struck that season.

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People seem to forget that despite all the stats to have come out since Rodgers' departure regarding a hightened work ethic under Jurgen Klopp, this is still the same fast-paced, energetic Liverpool side as two years ago.

It helped that the club had better players at its disposal, of course, with the likes of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Sterling far more effective than current forwards Jordan Ibe, Robert Firmino and Christian Benteke.

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There's little doubt, though, that what Liverpool have greatly missed is the energy and passion of Flanagan, who broke into England's senior side as a result of his excellent performces at Anfield.

With the defender back in full training, Klopp will hope the recently-turned 23-year-old can recapture the form that saw him become a fan favourite on Merseyside two years ago and sure up his shakey defence.

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