Jon Flanagan makes emotional return to action for Liverpool

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After more than 600 days out of action, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan finally made his comeback from injury - and the reception he got from the Anfield crowd was something special.

The full-back hadn't stepped on a pitch since the end of the 2013/14 season having undergone two separate knee operations - the last time he pulled on a red shirt he lined up alongside Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard was still captain on Merseyside.

Before the game, Gerrard expressed his hope that Flanagan would receive a warm welcome from Liverpool's fans; he got that and a whole lot more. 

The 23-year-old was a 51st minute substitute for Conor Randall in the Reds' FA Cup replay against Exeter City, and the Anfield crowd rose to their feet to greet his arrival. You can check out his brilliant reception in the video below.

The emergence of Flanagan also caught the eye of one notable former player in particular as well - Cafu. The Brazilian World Cup winner previously praised his fellow full-back, and tweeted this evening after receiving 'thousands' of messages about the young Liverpool ace's emergence.

The Reds were able to secure a comfortable win at the second time of asking against lowly Exeter, with goals from Joe Allen, Oluwaseyi Ojo and Joao Carlos securing the win.

Liverpool's win set up a tie with fellow Premier League outfit West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Jurgen Klopp's side now have just three days to prepare for their Premier League clash against Norwich at Carrow Road. While Flanagan may not feature in that game, he is one step closer to making his full return.

What is your favourite ever Anfield moment, Liverpool fans? 

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