Jamie Carragher sends text to impressive young fullback comparing him to rampaging Brazilian legend
England Under-21 defender Jon Flanagan has had a phenomenal spell in the first team, despite it being cut short before his team's game at Manchester City.
But the Liverpool fullback has revealed that one of the best moments of his young Anfield career was receiving a text recently from his former senior teammate and defensive leader, Jamie Carragher.
After scoring in the recent 5-0 mauling of Tottenham, Carragher got in touch and labelled him "the next Roberto Carlos."
And he has revealed the family history with the club that will stop such acclaim from getting to his head.
"My dad used to play here but he got let go when he was a scholar," explained Flanagan. "He told me about the mistakes he had made and admitted he maybe hadn’t had the right attitude.
"His message was that he missed his chance and he didn’t want me to miss mine. That was a big thing for me because I was able to listen to that advice and take it into training. It’s up to me to make the most of that advice."
The youngster has already made 25 appearances since making his debut as a 18-year-old in 2011, and playing for the team he supported as a boy is a dream come true.
"To play for Liverpool, the team I’ve supported all my life, especially in a game as big as that one was special," said Flanagan, on his debut against Manchester City. "Just to be able to put that red shirt on and run out at Anfield is something I’ll never forget it but it made me want to play for Liverpool again and again."
The young star is eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents, and England fans will be hoping that Flanagan hangs around for England recognition.
Though both could do with a young Roberto Carlos in their ranks.
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