Jon Flanagan to sign new three-year contract with Liverpool

Local defender Jon Flanagan is to finally sign a new deal with Liverpool on Friday to put an end to speculation about his future.

Jon Flanagan to sign new three-year contract with Liverpool
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Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan is expected to put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract with the club on Friday morning and end speculation about his future.

The Scouser's existing deal runs out in the summer and the lack of urgency on the Reds' part seemed to cast his future in doubt, despite the defender being the only established local in Jürgen Klopp's first-team.

But having been ravaged by long-term injury which kept him out for the entire 2014-15 campaign, Flanagan's recent performance in their 3-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield has since convinced club officials that he is worthy of a new deal.

The 23-year-old, who is ineligible for Thursday evening's UEFA Europa League last-16 second-leg clash at Manchester United, quickly became a fans' favourite for his committed performances as Liverpool went close to winning the league two years ago.

But an injury suffered in pre-season of the next campaign ruled him out for a lengthy period and required him to twice undergo surgery. He was awarded a one-year extension last year whilst he was rehabilitating and given his local influence, was expected to be given a new one earlier this year.

Defender has had to prove his worth to club, but has done so in emphatic fashion

Flanagan's commitment, no-nonsense attitude and enthusiasm has won him plenty of plaudits. (Picture: Getty Images)
Flanagan's commitment, no-nonsense attitude and enthusiasm has won him plenty of plaudits. (Picture: Getty Images)

Having returned to first-team action for the first time in 20 months in January with a cameo off the bench in the FA Cup third-round win against Exeter City, Flanagan was asked to prove whether he could bounce back from his time out - but he has answered Liverpool's concerns resoundingly.

With the defender, who can play either on the left or the right side of the back-four, now having dimissed the worries about whether he would return the same player, he seems set to commit his future at the club until 2019. 

Although he has been excluded from the Reds' European squad, a decision Klopp has since admitted he regrets, Flanagan is expected to build on the five appearances he has made under the German this term before the end of the season.

Captain Jordan Henderson said that the No.38, a one-cap England international, is a person and a player that "doesn't grow on trees" as he urged the club to begin negotiations with Flanagan's representatives.

Meanwhile, vice-captain James Milner has previously lauded the full-back as "incredible" as he played for 105 minutes in his first start since May 2014 earlier this year.

But provided there are no hiccups, the club are expected to announce his new long-term deal on Friday.