Sean Dyche offers Jon Flanagan fitness update; explains thinking behind signing

Liverpool's Jonathan Flanagan in action with Tranmere's Darren Stephenson

Flanagan will spend the season on loan at Turf Moor after returning from a serious knee injury in January.

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said they will test the fitness of full-back Jon Flanagan, who they signed on loan from Liverpool for the season. 

Flanagan has played in three pre-season friendlies for Liverpool so far this summer and as a result Dyche expects him to miss the Clarets' opener against Swansea City. 

Dyche is quoted in the Burnley Express saying: “You know how we like to operate here, we’re like to make sure the players are ready to play, rather than using the game to get them ready, so there’ll be some work to be done, but he’s a good character and he’ll adapt to the squad very quickly.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

As a result, the earliest time Flanagan will feature in a Burnley shirt will be when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea at the end of the month. 

Dyche also explained the reasons why they decided to sign him, citing that they needed to be strengthened at the back ahead of their return to the top flight. 

“He’s still quite young, but he’s had the big end of the experience, playing in the side that pushed it so close to winning it, so I think that experience is worth a lot," he added. “He’s played in some really big and important games.

“He’s playing at a big club, who at that time were competing right at the top end of it, so there’s enormous pressure and stress."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

A season of regular first-team football will be something that will aid Flanagan's recovery further. Last season he managed to return from his injury nightmare and made a total of nine appearances since the start of January. 

He started to develop a reputation of being a tough tackling defender prior to his injury and it is something he tried to reestablish since his return to the Liverpool side.

It could be a good move for all parties. Dyche's side has a terrific work ethic and when every player puts in their shift they seem to reap the rewards.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has appeared to be quite selective as to which clubs he sends his players to so one would think that while Flanagan will try to help Burnley in their quest to stay in the top flight, Liverpool will benefit when he returns with a decent amount of game time under his belt throughout the course of a year.

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan and Lucas Leiva in action with Stoke's Peter Crouch

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