Jon Flanagan's form could cause Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom to leave the club this summer.
Jon Flanagan has emerged as one of the standout players for Liverpool this season.
The right-back’s form has been so good that not only has he forced Glen Johnson to play on the left to get game time, he’s putting pressure on Roy Hodgson to select him for England’s World Cup squad this summer.
However, Flanagan’s form comes at a cost and that cost could be two players having to leave the club this summer.
One of Brendan Rodgers’ transfer priorities is going to be a left-back after he confirmed earlier in the season that he wouldn’t be retaining Aly Cissokho on a permanent deal.
His recent comments about a new deal for Flanagan suggest that he’s planning to use a combination of the 21-year-old and Johnson as his primary right-backs next season.
“Jon will be given a new contract. Come the summer he's got another year so he will definitely be given a new deal in the summer, no question. He has been outstanding. He reminded me of Steve Nicol against Manchester United,” said Rodgers.
That combination of Flanagan and Johnson at right-back is very bad news for two players who could logically leave the club to go and find more regular football; Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom.
Kelly has struggled with injury at times in his career but he’s been able to force his way into the side when fit this season, making just eight appearances in all competitions for the senior side.
Rodgers did the sensible thing with Wisdom, commissioning a loan deal for him to play with Derby County in the Championship over the course of this season but the 20-year-old will expect to be in contention at right-back when he returns.
It would be a remarkable decision if Rodgers decided over the summer that he was going to push Flanagan and Johnson down the pecking order with Wisdom coming in, which means Wisdom may also have to consider his future in the summer.
It’s one of the perils of having a manager who uses the academy and youth system at a club so well.
Eventually a player will get his teeth stuck into the first team and it’s simply unfortunate that Flanagan’s form could cost Liverpool two extremely talented defenders at the end of the season.