Flanagan fulfilling Reds ambition

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Liverpool youngster John Flanagan reflects positively on a whirlwind season at Anfield that has seen him break through to the Reds first team.

The 18-year-old full-back was given his debut by manager Kenny Dalglish against Manchester City on 11 April, having been nurtured at the Liverpool's Kirkby academy.

"It's been a fantastic season for me and the fans are always brilliant with me," said Flanagan.

Assured and confident on the ball, Flanagan turned in the best debut by a full-back since Rob Jones' Old Trafford display in 1991, as the Reds went on to a 3-0 victory at Anfield.

Flanagan's performance was so convincing that he remained in the starting XI for the rest of the campaign making seven more Liverpool appearances, and is hoping the experience will stand him in good stead for next season.


"At the start of the season I was enjoying playing regular football in the reserves and to then end up in the first team was just amazing.

"The manager Kenny Dalglish has been absolutely brilliant and shown a lot of faith in me.

"It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to play for him and this football club and I will keep working hard in the future.

"I would also like to thank Jamie Carragher, who has been a big help for me. He always talks to you during the game and is a big inspiration to me."

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