Liverpool latest: Defender dealt another injury blow, set for 'months' out

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is already frustrated after the injury to Daniel Sturridge, and his cause hasn't been helped by another injury blow today. Young full back Jon Flanagan was nearing a comeback following an issue with his knee, but now looks set for months on the sidelines after being forced to have further surgery, according to Rodgers.

"Young Jon Flanagan, unfortunately, has just had an operation that will probably have him out for a few months - which is disappointing," said Rodgers.

The news means that new signings Javi Manquillo and Alberto Moreno will be relied upon even more with Flanagan out, and the two Spaniards are part of a new revolution at Anfield after Rodgers splashed the cash following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Liverpool have made an inconsistent start to the new campaign, and Rodgers has pleaded for patience whilst his team gel.

"There is no magic formula, it is just time and patience with players. We weren't playing as well as we were in February, March, April last September," Rodgers explained. "The second half of the season we will be much better. We have brought in a lot of new players, we have players adapting to new countries not just a team."

On the transfer front, long term target Dele Alli has surprisingly signed a new three-year deal to stay at MK Dons - but all hope of landing the midfielder this season hasn't been lost. The 18-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Merseyside for some time now, and whilst he's pledged his future to the Dons for now, manager Karl Robinson said he could still leave in January.

"Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever," he said.

"However, for the time being, he remains an MK Dons player and we’ll continue to enjoy watching him progress week-in, week-out here at stadium:MK."

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