Despite the dissapointing result, Jurgen Klopp reserved special praise for his stand in skipper and believes that now the "sun" can "shine again."
Klopp must have seen something special in the fan favourite as after rewarding his efforts with a new contract, he went one step further to hand him the capataincy in the wake of Jordan Henderson's absence and the dismissal of James Milner the previous fixture.
He said "Of course in the past" it was a "difficult situation" for "Flanno" because of "Injury" but now it is a "good moment" and "life" can "go on" as the "sun shines again."
An positive reflection from the German who is currently working in Tenerife, putting his players and Flanagan through their paces in warm winter training.
He says now is the time were the versatile left back should be giving extra effort as he said "[It is a] Really good moment for him" as now he can "start getting fit" because he "cannot" be at "100 percent."
Focussing on the injury of the Liverpool born star he said "His break" was "too long" but from the "pre-season on" he has been "what he was before injury."
Flanagan was a regular starter in the XI for the reds during the 2013/14 season where Brendan Rodgers' men came so close to Premier League glory and Klopp believes he is closing in on the similar form he had before his injury troubles.
He said "In this moment" everything is "OK" he [Flanno] "makes all the sessions" while having "no special rest" which is "really good."
The Flanagan Timeline
The 23-year-old first made his professional debut in a reds shirt in a 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the 2010/11 season being handed the opportunity by Kenny Dalglish who said of his performance that it was a "reflection" of the "work" that is being done at the "academy"
The then 18-year-old continued with his spell in the first team covering injuries for Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson with his second start a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, his performance earned him a place in Garth Crooks' Premier League team of the week.
At the end of the season after making seven appearances he was rewarded with the Liverpool young player of the year award and handed a new long term contract at Anfield.
It was not until the 2013/14 season that the 'Scouse Cafu' would make similar mass strides as he made 25 appearances, making the left-back position his own. He scored his first senior goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur in what was one of the moments of the season for the redmen.
from the highs of the previous season to the lowest of his career as in the 2014/15 season he would go on feature in none of the games under Brendan Rodgers as a succession of injuries and surgeries would keep him out of the side.
Like a pheonix rising from the ashes, Flanagan returned during the 2015/16 season coming off the bench on 20 January to an array of cheers from the Anfield crowd after being out of action for 619 days he put his injury hell behind him in the next few matches, showing his desire to play for the club as he managed to play 105' minutes against Stoke City in a League Cup semi-final match.
After showing Klopp he is a valuable asset to his side he was rewarded with a new long-term contract typing him to the club until 2019, following the assurance of his future he was made captain for Liverpool in their Premier League match against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium just two days later.