Jon Flanagan’s contract saga has come to an end, with the 23-year-old academy product signing a new long-term contract at Liverpool.
The versatile defender was in the final months of his deal on Merseyside, having endured a nightmare spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
But having impressed Jurgen Klopp on his return, Flanagan has extended his terms, believed to keep him at the club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
This marks another step in the progress made by Flanagan since his initial layoff in March 2014.
The Liverpool-born defender, at his best on the right defensive flank, played a key role in the Reds’ unexpected title challenge in 2013/14, fielded regularly at left-back by Brendan Rodgers.
Handed a one-year deal last summer, Flanagan was allowed to continue his recovery at the club’s Melwood training facility.
Flanagan was omitted from Klopp’s 25-man Europa League squad for the initial knockout stages—a decision the German later admitted was a mistake.
This move gives Flanagan a further opportunity to establish himself as a “one-club man,” as he outlined at the beginning of March.
However, supporters should not expect fireworks from the young defender as 2015/16 reaches its conclusion, as Klopp has been keen to stress the importance of continuing to manage his fitness.