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Jon Flanagan - he's become 'one of Liverpool's best players' at the right time

Brendan Rodgers and Martin Skrtel have been praising the 21-year-old full-back.

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is to be offered a new contract, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Flanagan has been in impressive for the Reds this season ever since being called upon in the absence of either Jose Enrique or Glen Johnson – and seems to have established himself as an integral member of the squad.

Rodgers has been quoted, saying: “He has been outstanding. It’s great when you see a young player develop like that.

“He’s only very young but his performance levels are so mature. I think the biggest thing for me has been his temperament.”

It hasn’t just been Rodgers praising 21-year-old Flanagan, with fellow defender Martin Skrtel saying he has become one of the most important members of the Liverpool squad.

The Slovakian told the Liverpool website: “He's a good lad and he's showing now he's a great footballer as well. He's one of our best players.

"It's no different whether he's playing on the right or left side; he's doing his job and enjoying his football. I hope he can stay fit, stay in form and continue with the performances he's shown up until now."

With Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson both suffering from injuries at different stages of this season, Flanagan has been the man opted to deputise and has grabbed this chance with both hands.

Rodgers had considered sending the full-back out on loan, but there was very little interest in him – and considering the form of Flanagan this season, it is remarkable there wasn’t more interest in the player.

He has kept loan signing Aly Cissokho out of the side as well – a more established player with experience of playing in the Champions League.

Also with Glen Johnson’s contract situation yet to be resolved, he may end up being the long-term answer at right-back for the club. If he isn't, he has certainly proved he has a big future at the club operating on either flank.

Some will say he has saved Liverpool a fortune in the transfer market. Whether he has or not, the timing of Flanagan’s good form has been impeccable.

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