Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the performance of defender Jon Flanagan after the Reds secured their place in the Capital One Cup final.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the revered Reds boss named the defender his Man of the Match after the player's first start for the Reds in 626 days.
The 23-year-old, who spent a lengthy period on the sidelines after undergoing as many as three operations on his knee, starred for 105 minutes against Stoke City.
Klopp, then, has labelled Flanagan's contribution throughout proceedings as 'unbelievable', insisting that the defender could have lasted the game's entirety.
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When asked about the performance of the young defender, Klopp stated: “My man of the match. He was great.
“105 minutes after – you know it better than me – May 2014, right?
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“So it's unbelievable making this match. Usually of course we know it's not the best thing (playing so long) but we had no other choice and we always were in contact with him, asking Flanno.
“Even when we took him out he was saying 'I could go on'. That was really great and with all the problems you lose the feeling for the game, you can lose it in shorter times. You can do all your things with the ball, that's what you don' t forget, but defending in the right spaces, we defend different maybe than when he played last time.
“He did really great, man of the match for me for sure.”
There should be no underestimating the importance of Liverpool's shootout victory over Stoke City. It wasn't easy, of course, but Klopp's side just about got over the line and should now be in great spirits ahead of the final third of the season.
Liverpool are by no means the finished article - Klopp has to act in the next couple of transfer windows - but the players are clearly fighting for their manager.
With players like Flanagan at his disposal, Klopp's job should only be made easier over the coming months and years. Next month may well see the charismatic coach lift his first trophy on English soil.
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