Jon Flanagan was outstanding in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Manchester City.
The right-back should start English Premier League games since manager Jurgen Klopp didn’t add him to the Europa League squad.
When the squad was selected Flanagan had only just returned from a two season injury and there were doubts about how he’d recover. However he was outstanding two years ago in the team that challenged for the title and he’s now showing signs of that form.
When Klopp selected the squad he mentioned that he had to be careful with Flanagan, but now he explains exactly why he left out the Liverpool youngster.
“Now we have too many centre-halves,” admitted Klopp.
“The day before we put the squad list in we didn’t have any. Now we have too many and you think: ‘My God what have we done?’
“He hasn’t played two games in four days so I am not sure that we should,” Klopp added.
“We are always in talks with Andy Massey (doctor) and Chris Morgan (physio). If you ask Flanno? (thumbs up). But that’s not the best advice!
“We just have to stay smart. It was brilliant that he was back the other night but at the end there were missed passes, losing challenges, things like this.
“He’s not at 100% but I do not expect him to be. How could he be? We will judge the intensity. We look at him and say yes, no or perhaps.”
So, taking Klopp’s statements in full context, he’s not sure if Flanagan can last the intensity of a full game yet, and wanted to use him gradually for the rest of the season. Though, he still regrets leaving him out of Europa because the youngster could’ve been used sparingly.