“It was a real emotional moment” – Klopp delighted with Jon Flanagan return

on 21.01.2016


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his pleasure at Jon Flanagan‘s long-awaited return on Wednesday, describing it as an “emotional moment”.

Flanagan took to the field against Exeter City shortly after half-time at Anfield, following 19 months on the sidelines and undergoing two knee operations.

The 23-year-old received a wonderful ovation from the Liverpool supporters and Klopp says it was a moment to treasure for the likeable player.

“When Flanno came in it was a great moment after this long time,” Klopp said at his post-match press conference.

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“To be honest I haven’t had him very often in training until now because we need really to be careful with him and it’s not allowed to be too intensive. It’s always training, break, recovery.

“He had a few minutes in the U21s. Connor Randall had a little muscle problem so we had the chance to bring Flanno and it was a real emotional moment.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds boss was full of praise for Flanagan’s attitude while out for so long.

“I think nobody deserved it more than him. It’s such a long time, an unbelievable long time. Since I’ve been here he’s always been injured but never in a bad mood.

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“That’s unbelievable. He’s a really strong lad, hopefully now it goes on.

“We have to see how he is tomorrow, take it day by day but it’s some of the best news we could get him being back.”

Having Flanagan fit again will act as a huge boost to Klopp, who has been limited in terms of quality backup options at full-back.

The young Englishman can challenge both Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno for a regular starting berth, and his ability to play in either position is an added bonus.

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  1. I dont remember the last time when a player was cheered like that. I love Flanno and I think him and Clyne will have an interesting battle for the RB spot.

  2. Great to see Flanagan back, one of our own. We’ve missed his committed displays.

    1 game soon we will see Flanagan on the right and Smith on the left. The unlucky opponents won’t know what’s hit them.

  3. The best part is when Cafu tweeted! Flanno is well loved and missed.

    Next step… Make that team spot yours and prove naysayers wrong!

  4. Absolutely loved him from day one , I saw him in some U-21 prior to 2013-14 and looked an absolute pocket dynamite and raw very raw for first team.
    He came in first team and just blew my mind away with the balance sense of calmness and ruggedness.
    The way he tackles I wouldn’t even think of dribbling around him.Also his ability to run with ball is tremendous for a proper tough tackling orthodox full back.

    RB waiting for Flano…sorry Clyne he’s our own.

    • I’d rather he played LB, Moreno is NOT a fullback, not even slightly.

      But Flanno will have to show he still has the timing and legs to get into those tackles otherwise there’ll be a string of cards waiting for him, red ones too.

  5. Jordan Ibe MotM? Really? I thought that was one of his more forgettable performances overall. He’s got Benteke waiting in the middle (OK, hanging around at the top of the 18 yard box for some inexplicable reason), but still elects to run at the defense every. single. time. He produced a powerful shot that was almost on target, but otherwise didn’t do much else to impress, for me.

    • I agree with you, he needs to improve his decision making in the final third. But for me in this game his quality really stood out. He is lightning fast, produced some amazing and actually dangerous shots (I’m looking at you Phil, Hendo, Lallana, … everyone… ahem) and beat is defender every. Single. Time. What more do you ask from a winger ? The lad is 20. If he can get some game sense he will be a beast !

      • the problem he has is he can’t cross, so he tries to dribble every time.

        Also, he’s beating league 2 defenders and if you can’t do that at 20 in our reserves you’re not making it with us full stop.

        He has to find end product, the crossing is key for him but also more looking up, at least he did that a bit last night.

        • Exactly. And don’t get me wrong. I like the potential I see in Ibe and am excited to see him (hopefully) fully develop that potential. I just didn’t think his was a MotM performance.

  6. The only think flanno needs to improve is going forward. He offers next to nothing attacking vise. At the same time defensively he our best defender honestly. Some 1 who can put in crunching tackles. Really happy for him!!!!

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