Liverpool have announced that they will farm out homegrown talent Jon Flanagan to Burnley for the 2016-17 campaign, in what seems like a sensible move for all concerned.
The tenacious defender was being tipped to have a bright future at Anfield after making his debut for the Merseyside club as a teenager in 2010 and played 23 times for the Reds in 2013-14.
However, a total of 40 appearances over the course of six years shows the extent of Flanagan’s injuries, which have kept him on the sidelines and made him something of a forgotten man at Liverpool.
The Anfirld outfit have stuck by him though, giving the 23-year-old a new contract despite his fitness concerns, and the right-back will be keen to repay his boyhood club in the long run.
In the short term, remaining fit and able to feature for Sean Dyche’s men is the number one prerogative for Flanagan.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 5, 2016
A move to newly promoted Burnley should give him a chance to play regularly in the Premier League and reintroduce himself to top-level football after such a long time away from the game.
Burnley are signing a committed and able defender who showed in the early days of his career that he had the potential to be a regular in a star-studded Liverpool side.
Neutrals will wish Flanagan well due to his cruel injury record and a stint at Turf Moor in 2016-17 could well be the flame that reignites the plucky defender’s career.