Jon Flanagan has been handed his first Premier League start since May 2014 and it’s fair to say Liverpool fans are absolutely loving it.
Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield tonight and the Kop faithful are delighted to see their full-back back in action.
Flanagan played a key role in the 2013/14 season where the Reds came agonisingly close to winning their first title since 1990.
The 23-year-old was a regular in the left-back position and quickly became a fan favourite.
It was hardly surprising given that he was a local lad and certainly didn’t hold back in a tackle.
He even scored a sensational half volley at White Hart Lane during the Reds’ 5-0 win against Tottenham.
With the poor form of Alberto Moreno this season, Kopites were calling for a return of Flanagan and they’ve finally got their wish.
Just look at some of the tweets below to found out how happy they are:
Another Liverpool player that played a key role in the title charge two years ago was Raheem Sterling and some, more cynical, supporters are hoping that Flanagan puts in some of his infamous strong challenges on their former player.
Obviously, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be seeking revenge for their cruel penalty defeat against City at Wembley on Sunday.
Flanagan isn’t the only charge from the team that starting in the final. Mamadou Sakho, who suffered concussion on Sunday, is replaced by Kolo Toure who came on for him on Sunday.
Centre-back partner Lucas is also missing after he tweaked his groin whilst missing his penalty in the shoot-out, with Dejan Lovren making a return from injury in his place.
Meanwhile, Adam Lallana, who also missed his spot-kick comes in for Philippe Coutinho while Divock Origi is given the nod upfront instead of Daniel Sturridge, who is rested.
While the Anfield club may not have too much to play for in the league, their opponents will be desperate for three points.
The Citizens are currently ten points behind league leaders with two matches in hand and will need a win to close the gap on Spurs and Arsenal who are seven and four points ahead of them respectively.
They make just three changes to the side that lifted the cup on Sunday. Hero Willy Caballero makes way for Joe Hart while Jesus Navas replaces the injured Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabeleta takes over from Bacary Sagna at right-back.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be hoping to improve their record in this part of Merseyside, having not won in their previous 13 visits to Anfield.
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