Jon Flanagan made his long-awaited return from a serious knee injury in January but has hardly featured for Liverpool since.
The highly-rated defender has made only five appearances since making his comeback from an 18-month spell on the sidelines.
Now, Jurgen Klopp has explained why the fan-favourite hasn’t played a single minute since he captained the team in last month’s defeat to Southampton.
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Thankfully for Liverpool fans, the German hasn’t suddenly disowned Flanagan.
In fact, he’s simply taken the decision to protect him.
“Flanno’s situation is not too easy to explain,” Klopp said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“He cannot train all the time and when you are out for such a long period you cannot build a base.
“That is all. It is a little bit similar, but a different story, to what I said about Daniel Sturridge.”
“If we want to help him we need to work on his physical resistance so he is really ready for more than one game and does not need two or three days recovery. That is not how it should work.
"That is what we will try to do.”
Flanagan suffered the injury in pre-season ahead of the 2014-15 campaign after bursting onto the scene the previous year.
The 23-year-old, who has represented England’s senior team, is hoping to feature in Sunday’s game at Swansea City having watched Klopp select Nathaniel Clyne and Connor Randall in recent fixtures.
Fans will be eager to see the academy graduate back in the starting line-up as soon as possible.