Could Jon Flanagan become Liverpool's new Steven Gerrard?

The 23-year-old could become a club icon at Liverpool.

Jon Flanagan is no attacking midfielder. He can't play no.10 or even in holding midfield and he hasn't yet scored in Champions League and FA Cup finals.

Thirty-yard pile-drivers and spectacular free-kicks aren't quite his thing, while he has never captained Liverpool to date.

But, in terms of sheer passion, homegrown talent and pure Scouse spirit, 'Flano' is the closest Anfield now has to a Steven Gerrard.

He certainly tackles like Gerrard, putting his heart and soul into every challenge, often risking a booking or red card - and always making sure the opponent feels his presence.

Jordan Henderson is really supposed to be the new Gerrard. Sometimes he plays like it, too, trying a little too hard to go for long-range efforts and last-minute heroics.

But Flanagan could become a leader figure on Merseyside - and a much-needed link between Liverpool's first team and the homegrown youths within the club's academy.

The 23-year-old is loved by Liverpool fans and has the passion and drive of someone who cares deeply about the club. He always gives 100 per cent and raids forward whenever possible - while at the same time not neglecting his defensive duties.

Vitally, Flanagan looks like the perfect Jurgen Klopp player. His hard-working, energetic nature will see him thrive under the German, providing he can stay fit (he has already suffered from serious injury problems).

So, no, the Reds full-back might never achieve what Gerrard achieved in the Champions League and across so many years of dedicated, phenomenal Liverpool service.

But Liverpool need a local hero - and Flanagan fits the bill as Anfield's poster boy of the future. He has the talent, the game and the attitude. Will he have the success to go with them?

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