Phil Thompson reacts on Twitter to Jon Flanagan's performance v Exeter

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The 23-year-old finally returned for Liverpool after 20 months out.

Liverpool icon Phil Thompson was delighted to see Jon Flanagan back in action for the Reds on Wednesday night, as the youngster came on against Exeter City in the FA Cup.

The Anfield side beat Exeter 3-0, despite not being able to overcome them in the original third-round tie. And the return of Flanagan - after some 20 months out injured - brought a smile to everyone's face in the red half of Merseyside.

Thompson personally congratulated the defender, whose passion and energy could make him the perfect player for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Meanwhile, former Reds defender Rob Jones was impressed with the club's youngsters as a whole, who made an impression against Exeter at Anfield.

Indeed, Jones singled out four young Liverpool players - while also mentioning the return of Flanagan as a 'bonus' for Klopp's men.


The cup double is still on for Liverpool! Beating a lower-league side might not be the biggest of boosts after bitter defeat to Manchester United but the club's mediocre league form is counteracted by the fact they remain in both knockout competitions.

West Ham await the Reds in the FA Cup - sure to be a tough tie after the Hammers did the double over Liverpool in the Premier League - while Klopp's side hold a 1-0 aggregate advantage over Stoke City in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

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