Jamie Carragher: This ‘outstanding’ Liverpool defender will bounce back

Jamie Carragher backs Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan to come back stronger from his long-term injury.

Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan will return to his best next season.

The 22-year-old full-back has been out for the entire 2014-15 campaign due to injuries, and his current contract with the Premier League outfit runs out at the end of the season, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Flanagan was an important player for Liverpool in the second half of last season, when the Reds were challenging for the league title.

The England international scored one goal and created 13 chances in 23 Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 campaign, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 50%. Flanagan won 28 headers, 15 dribbles and 59 tackles in those games.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher was impressed with Flanagan’s performances last season and has backed him to bounce back in the 2015-16 campaign.

“Flanagan’s injury has been a huge blow for the club because of how well he played at left-back towards the end of last season,” the 37-year-old told Sky Sports. “He was outstanding.”

“He’s a good lad and he’ll have the determination to come back,” added Carragher. “That’s just part of his character.

“It’s just the momentum he built for himself playing really well for Liverpool week-in week-out and going very close to the title has stalled. You want to build on that quality and ability and keep pushing forward…

“He’ll come back. He’s shown he’s got the ability. It’s now just getting back to full fitness and showing what he can do.”

It remains to be seen if the Liverpool bosses agree with Carragher on the potential of Flanagan.

The defender will become a free agent in the summer transfer window, and no new deal is place.

Liverpool do have full-backs in their squad at the moment, but given the age and potential of Flanagan, the Reds should hand him a new deal.

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