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Steven Gerrard posts Instagram message for Jon Flanagan ahead of defender's first team return

Jon Flanagan will be part of Liverpool's first team squad for the first time in over 600 days when they take on Exeter City tonight.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has posted his best wishes to defender Jon Flanagan ahead of the right-back's possible return to first team action.

Flanagan is expected to be on the bench for tonight's FA Cup third round replay against Exeter City and could make his first senior appearance for the club since the final day of the 2013/14 season.

Since then, the 23-year-old has had been struggling with a persistent knee injury which has seen him have two operations, and some think his absence has hindered the side in some way - as two seasons ago he earned the nickname 'the Scouse Cafu'.

Gerrard posted on Instagram: 

"So happy to see this fella close to returning to fitness . . He has put so much graft in to get himself back fit. I'm sure Anfield will erupt when he runs back onto the pitch after a 18 month lay off ...good luck mate great to see you back and we have missed you"

It will be a welcome sight for those at Anfield to see a player who came through the ranks at the club back around the side as it does seem to be something that has been missing from the side this season, in fact, ever since Gerrard's departure. 

Manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to be happy to have another defensive option at his disposal, and though Flanagan has been sidelined for some time, he does have that experience of playing at a good level on either side of the defence. No doubt, as has been the case with all of his players returning from injury so far, that he will look to ease Flanagan back into action. 

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