Last November there were concerns when Jon Flanagan was thrown into the Liverpool side for the match at Goodison Park, but the chance has been the making of him.
He has become one of the more dependable performers in the Liverpool defence, so much so that he was called upon at right-back for the return fixture.
The youngster impressed, showing his versatility and usual tenacity, this time helping the Reds keep a clean sheet during their 4-0 demolition of Roberto Martinez' side.
Flanagan completed 81 per cent of his passes, comparable favourably with left-back Aly Cissokho (64%).
He made one successful tackle and two interceptions, in a match where he was not placed upon nearly as much pressure as Liverpool were in the 3-3 draw last Autumn.
Overall, Flanagan has made more successful tackles per game than any other Liverpool defender since forcing his way into the team, as displayed below:
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His performance, while overshadowed by the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, did not go unnoticed and was heralded by countless Liverpool supporters.
Likened to a young Jamie Carragher by many in terms of his attitude, Flanagan's breakthrough is turning into one of the success stories of Liverpool's season, and long may it continue.
With Glen Johnson's long-term future at the club uncertain, Flanagan helped shows the club do not lack depth at the position.
Here's a look at how Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter to his display:
You gotta love Flanagan. I'd play him every game. Carra in the making. #lfc— Mark McKenny (@mgmckenny) January 28, 2014
Flanagan was awesome. Better than poor poor Johnson. Sturridge & Suarez are beasts. Coutinho finally played well like we know he can! #LFC— Christopher Pollux ® (@quabena04) January 28, 2014
I've gotta be honest I really thought at the start of the season we should of got rid of Flanagan but I'm glad he's proved me wrong! #LFC— Pat Jensen (@patfc91) January 28, 2014
Flanagan good enough to be our regular RB! A much better defender than Glen! Maybe time for Glen to take a move! #lfc— Daniel McCafferty (@THEREALMCAFERTY) January 28, 2014