Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Jon Flanagan is 'in his thinking' despite contract impasse

Club captain Jordan Henderson had previously urged Anfield officials to tie the academy graduate down on a new deal

Mark Critchley
Tuesday 01 March 2016 17:42 GMT
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan with manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan with manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp wants Jon Flanagan to remain at Liverpool beyond the summer despite the club’s failure to offer a new contract to the popular right-back.

The 23-year-old’s current one-year deal expires at the end of June and talks over a renewal have stalled.

Flanagan, an academy graduate who hails from Merseyside, returned to first-team action in January after spending 18 months recovering from a serious knee injury.

The defender has not featured regularly since Liverpool’s title challenge during the 2013/14 season, during which he excelled and established a regular starting berth.

“Of course Flanno’s situation is in my thinking,” Klopp said at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Manchester City.

“The best news is that he is back. After a long injury you always have to be careful. That’s how it is.

“It’s not been too easy for Flanno. He has a lot of qualities but patience is not the biggest one. It’s been a long trip for him.

“After a game he needs a day or two to recover. If it’s a hard session he has to stop. It’s not easy for him or perfect for us.

“But of course Flanno is our boy and we will do everything, come together and hopefully reach a positive solution for both sides.

“There will be a few talks and then we will see what happens.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson urged the club to resolve Flanagan’s contract situation and tie him down on a long-term deal.

“It’s huge that it gets sorted out,” the Liverpool captain said. “I don’t think players and people like Flanno grow on trees to be honest.

“You have people like him and Stevie and Carra who have come through the academy and the fans feel as though they are one of them really.

“He has been brilliant, training exactly the same. He is a huge player for us, a huge player for the club and the fans as well. It is in everyone’s interests for that to be sorted out soon.”

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