The full-back became a regular for Brendan Rodgers only to see a knee injury rob him of all this season to date.
He has now returned to training and will be hopeful of experiencing first-team action sooner rather than later, and it is clear that a player forced to endure a watching brief has used his time wisely.
“I’ve been looking at the formation we have been playing, where I could fit in and what I could do in those situations,” Flanagan said.
Liverpool have recently changed to playing three centre-backs with wing-backs and the change has led to a wonderful start to 2015.
As a result of their surge up the table, the Reds are now just two points outside the Champions League qualifying places and there is plenty of football still to be played.
Flanagan was one of Liverpool’s breakout stars last season but with the likes of Alberto Moreno, Javier Manquillo, Jordon Ibe and Lazar Markovic all playing the wing-back role in recent times it remains to be seen how the 22-year-old will play his way back into the team.
Only time will tell, but he is clearly doing the right thing, studying and ensuring he has something to offer in a formation that has changed Liverpool’s season for the better.