Jon Flanagan set to sign new contract

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Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan is set to sign a new, long-term contract at Anfield.

The youngster broke into the side last season and really impressed, making 23 starts in the Premier League and helped the Reds to finish second.

His performances - mostly coming at his unnatural position of left-back opposed to the right-hand side - were highly touted by both Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and England boss Roy Hodgson, who gave Flanagan his England debut.

Despite not appearing for Liverpool this season due to a knee injury, Flanagan's form last season has been more than enough to extend his contract that currently runs out at the end of next summer.

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "There have been some talks and I should be signing a new contract soon.

"It would be a reward for all the hard work I've put in. It would be great for me and great for my family as well.

"All I've ever wanted is to play for Liverpool and I want to stay here for as long as I possibly can."

Well deserved

Flanagan's efforts last season have been well rewarded and there will not be one Liverpool fan complaining that the 21-year-old is extending his contract.

He made his first appearance in the 2013/14 season in the Merseyside Derby away at Everton, replacing Jose Enrique who was hit with injury. Despite many querying Rodgers selection to play the academy graduate, Flanagan very much answered his critics.

He was one of Liverpool's best players in the 3-3 draw, showing his ability when defending and going forward. More importantly, Flanagan showed his passion and how much it meant to him to play against his club's rivals.

Flanagan's derby performance very much set the benchmark for the rest of his campaign and he carried on that high form throughout the season along with the youngster bagging himself his first goal in a Red shirt when Liverpool romped to a 5-0 away victory against Tottenham Hotspur.

End of Johnson?

With Flanagan having put all but pen to paper, it seems that this spells the end for right-back Glen Johnson. 

Recently this week, it was reported that Glen Johnson has not been offered a new contract at Anfield, despite his deal running out at the end of the season.

It is hard to argue that Flanagan should be offered a contract, and Johnson not.

Flanagan has given wholehearted performances throughout his Reds career, however Johnson's form has recently  been on a downwards scale.

Add this to Johnson's incredible wage bill, rumoured from £90,000-£110,000. From both a business and a selections perspective, it does not make sense in keeping Johnson when you have Flanagan.

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