Liverpool's Flanagan hopes to impress Klopp with strong pre-season

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in action with Watford's Jose Jurado

The full-back has seen his career plagued by injury in recent years, but is eyeing a big season under his new boss.

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in action with Watford's Jose JuradoLiverpool's Jon Flanagan is eyeing a big season under boss Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has told the Liverpool Echo that he has high hopes for the upcoming campaign, adding that he has been working extra hard in preseason in a bid to impress boss Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year-old played just five games for the Reds last term and has largely struggled for match fitness over the last few seasons.

But with Klopp set to oversee his first full season at Anfield, Flanagan is eager to impress and prove his match sharpness, even checking into the club's Melwood training ground early, alongside several other members of the first team.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

He told the Liverpool Echo: “I was in here over the summer either side of my holiday to do some sessions with the physios and the fitness coaches.

“It was all about trying to get a bit of a head start really. It was Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and myself."

“This is going to be a big season both for the club and for me personally. The extra sessions have got to benefit me. Hopefully I can get super fit and stay like that for the season.

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“It’s about trying to catch the manager’s eye and proving you deserve to start in the Premier League.”

Impressing Klopp will be particularly important to Flanagan, who returned to action after an 18-month battle with a knee injury, before penning a new three-year contract in March.

And he says he has no hard feelings about Klopp's decision to use him sparingly towards the end of last season, despite admitting his frustration at not being in the first team picture.

General view during the match - Anfield, Liverpool

“Although it was frustrating for me not to be in the squad on matchdays towards the end of last season, looking back now maybe it was the right decision. Now I feel great and things are going well.

Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign with a tough trip to Arsenal on August 13th.

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