Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has signed a new deal at the club, extending his contract to 2019 after his previous deal was to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Upon signing the contract, Flanagan told the club's official website: “It’s brilliant – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child. I think this is my third professional contract with Liverpool now, so I’m really happy.
“I’ve been through a lot in the last two years with the injury, and maybe a few people thought my future was in doubt, but I’ve worked hard and this is a bonus at the end of it.”
After breaking through under former boss Brendan Rodgers, Flanagan rose to prominence as he played a key role in the club’s Premier League title challenge in the 2013-14 campaign.
However, a succession of injuries kept him sidelines for over 18 months, and as a result his previous contract had whittled down closer and closer to its summer expiration date.
There were doubts over his future at Anfield, with many supporters questioning whether the talented full-back would return to action showing the same sort of capabilities as before.
Jurgen Klopp gave him his first start against Manchester City since his injury, and the 23-year-old excelled as he displayed plenty of quality on the ball and the required desire and aggression off it.
Flanagan’s next task will be to prove his fitness in the long term, and in doing so he will surely be one of the first names on the teamsheet ahead of Alberto Moreno in left-back.