Jon Flanagan not to move away from Liverpool this summer

Flanagan won't be leaving neither on loan or permanently, with the full-back a part of Jürgen Klopp's plans.

Jon Flanagan not to move away from Liverpool this summer
'Hands up if you're staying' - Photo: Getty Images

It now appears very likely that Jon Flanagan will still be a Liverpool FC player by the end of this summer, despite recent reports having linked the full-back with a move away from Anfield.

Having struggled for form and match fitness towards the end of last season, stories suggested that there were a number of Championship clubs lining up the Liverpool youngster as a possible loan target.

Celtic linked with a move for 'The Scouse Cafu'

Following on from that, speculation linked him with a permanent move to Celtic, now managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who gave Flanagan an extended run in the team during the 2013/14 season.

However, those rumours did always appear a little futile given that Rodgers had also been said to want to sign Andre Wisdom and Tiago Ilori, both of whom he managed at Liverpool.

Flanagan to remain at Anfield for 16/17

The story is well and truly done now, with sources around Anfield indicating that manager Jürgen Klopp has absolutely no intention of selling Flanagan, who is a part of his plans for the upcoming season.

Flanagan captained Liverpool against Southampton in one of eight first-team appearances last season (photo; Getty Images)
Flanagan captained Liverpool against Southampton in one of eight first-team appearances last season (photo; Getty Images)

Whilst some may question Flanagan's ability to ever cement a consistent starting place in Liverpool's team, he does serve his uses. Whilst the benefits of having a local player around the squad are obvious, the fact he was trained by the club is handy for Premier League and European squad quotas.

In addition, although he's played much of his first team career at left-back, Flanagan's natural position is right-back, so offers much needed cover for Nathaniel Clyne, who played the most minutes of any Reds first team player last season, due to a lack of competition in his spot.

He could gain some additional minutes in the left-back role during the upcoming season though, given that the Reds seem to be open to the idea of sending Brad Smith out on loan.