Monday, 25th November, 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he has only had one club make an approach to sign young right-back Jon Flanagan on loan, much to his surprise.

Flanagan was thrust into a left-back role in the weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton, winning plaudits for his performance in the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park.


Rodgers was also impressed with the 20-year-old and explained that he is surprised clubs have not been beating down the door to take Flanagan on loan.

"I'm a big admirer of Jon because he has just kept persevering. It has been remarkable really, that we haven't had any clubs come in for him to take him on loan", Rodgers told his club's official site.


"We only had one club come in for him, a League One club.

"I had to keep him back because I thought I was going to have to play him at Arsenal. He is a young player that needs to play.

"There have been a couple of enquiries but nothing concrete. I just felt that I needed to have him about. In a game like this, I knew I needed characters.

"I needed someone who knows what this game is about."

The Everton clash was only Flanagan's second start of the season.

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