Liverpool legend Jan Molby hails Jon Flanagan's remarkable performance against Stoke

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Flanagan made his first Liverpool start in 20 months against Stoke City on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has described Jon Flanagan's performance against Stoke City on Tuesday as 'remarkable'.

Flanagan made his first start for the Reds since May 2014, and he had since been struggling with a knee injury which required two operations. After a cameo appearance against Exeter City, Flanagan played 105 minutes as the game went into extra time, and managed to put in a solid display.

Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I thought Jon Flanagan's performance on Tuesday was remarkable. So long out, and yet so assured on his return, in a massive game. Top drawer.

"He's the definition of determination and grit, isn't he? He's worked so hard for nights like this, and you could just see how much it meant to the lad.

"It means something to all of them, of course, but there's no doubt that the local lad feels it that little bit more. Especially as he's now playing to convince the club he deserves a new contract – which he does, by the way."

Flanagan was taking the place of Nathaniel Clyne who was sidelined due to a knee injury picked up against Norwich City last weekend. 

It was encouraging for many reasons. Liverpool seem to have sufficient cover in that particular full-back position and can afford to give Clyne a rest, or Flanagan if he were to ultimately become the first choice right-back in the side.

For now it is all about taking the opportunities that come his way between now and the end of the season and show himself worthy of a new contract at the club, with his existing deal expiring in the summer. 

One thing that Liverpool have missed in the defensive unit that Flanagan is provides is the edge, he isn't afraid to really put his foot it and be aggressive. It gets the crowd up for things but also gets the side on the front foot.

There isn't anyone associated with Liverpool who wasn't happy to see Flanagan back in the side helping them reach a cup final.

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