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Jonathon Patrick Flanagan | Defensemen | #4

Team: Burnley
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 174

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Jon Flanagan is still waiting to make his first league appearance for Burnley after arriving on loan from Liverpool this summer.
Sean Dyche insists that Flanagan is "in contention" and "training with the group" but it is unclear as to why, after nearly eight weeks with the club, he has yet to make an appearance in league play. He did feature for the Clarets in their EFL Cup tie with Accrington Stanley a month ago, so one would assume he is up to fitness by now. The whole idea behind his loan move was that he would be assured more playing time than if we would have remained with Liverpool, but so far that has not been the case. Perhaps we will see a glimpse of him this evening when Burnley host Watford, but for now, he is well off the fantasy radar. Sep 26 - 7:16 AM
Source: HITC Sport

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Burnley appear they will have to wait to see loanee Jon Flanagan in action as Sean Dyche feels the full back is not up to a proper fitness level yet.

One report has Flanagan as very unlikely to feature in the Clarets opener with Swansea City while another speculates that he may miss the first three games and not debut until after the first international break to allow Flanagan time to get ready. Dyche was quoted as saying "He needs work, we’ll do some testing over the next few days, but he hasn’t played a lot of football." However, Flanagan has yet to be formally ruled out. Stephen Ward in the meantime is attempting to overcome a hamstring strain in time to be the left back of choice this weekend. Should he fail to make it, Ben Mee would likely shift to that spot and another center back would take Mee's role.
Aug 9 - 10:18 AM

Burnley FC have secured the services of full back Jon Flanagan, who arrives on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp left the decision up to Flanagan a couple of weeks ago as to whether the 23-year-old wanted to spend the season playing for the Clarets and now, with a week to go before the opening round, Flanagan makes the move. He will immediately take over at the left back spot and, if he can maintain fitness, will start with regularity. The move doesn't have too much impact in the FPL game as his 4.5m price tag is comparable to fellow Claret defenders and though he is a significant upgrade at the position, it would be hard to imagine Burnley to suddenly have a rock solid back line that can be counted on for clean sheets with regularity. Still, if you are in need of a defender in a draft league that will give you guaranteed starts, he should be available and can be used in plus matchups.
Aug 5 - 11:11 PM

Full-back Jon Flanagan has the option, should he decide to exercise it, of joining Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.

Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of loaning Flanagan to the Clarets where he feels the full-back will get regular playing time. Flanagan is comfortable at left or right back but with Nathaniel Clyne firmly embedded on the right, Flanagan would need to battle it out with Alberto Moreno. One would argue that Flanagan is clearly a better defender than Moreno but Klopp's willingness to loan the Englishman out would indicate that he is either comfortable with Moreno or may yet again be dipping into the transfer market for another option before the summer window closes.
Jul 21 - 9:37 AM

Jon Flanagan will make his long awaited return to competitive action when the full-back re-joins the squad on Wednesday night as Liverpool take on Exeter City in an FA Cup third round replay at Anfield.

Flanagan has not featured since May 2014 following successive surgeries to remedy a persistent knee complaint, but the defender has been gradually building up his fitness for a number of months now and is close to playing. The 23-year-old was involved in a behind-closed-doors match at the end of December and has increased his game time with the development side since. "Jon is in a really good way and we’re really happy about this," Jurgen Klopp confirmed. "The medical department decided that he’s not for the started line-up but if nothing happens he’s on the bench. It’s a long time for him and it’s the first step back for him, being back in the dressing room and not in a suit, in a tracksuit!"
Jan 19 - 10:10 AM

Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique, both of whom have yet to make an appearance for the senior team this season due to injury, played in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Liverpool Under-21s.

Enrique had actually been frozen out by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers but also needed time to heal from a hamstring issue to come into contention again during the Jurgen Klopp era. Flanagan underwent a knee operation 19 months ago, and got a 30 minute shift during this recent friendly. Neither are thought to challenge for starting roles this season, but both can now offer sufficient backup and spot starts for Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno, both who have played extensively for most of the season to date.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 02:58:00 AM

Jon Flanagan underwent surgery on his troubled knee, keeping the young full back out of action for six months or more.

Really tough news for the kid. This will be his third operation on the same knee in the past three years and he went through extensive rehabilitation to come back from the previous problem, having returned to training back in March. Now the latest timetable does not see him returning to any kind of action until well into the 2015/2016 season and you have to imagine he will be handled like a faberge egg at that time.
Fri, May 1, 2015 12:31:00 PM

Jon Flanagan has been ruled out of Liverpool's opener against Southampton, joining a list of names which includes Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Daniel Agger.

With so many new toys at fullback for Liverpool, the absence of Flanagan should only help make Brendan Rodgers selection easier. Agger is trying to get back to fitness before the window closes as it appears his days of starting at Anfield are over. We will have to wait another few weeks to get a look at Lallana but Markovic hopes to be in contention as early as Week Two.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Jon Flanagan will miss his second match of the week with a hamstring injury.

Aly Cissokho deputized for the youngster against Manchester City, and will have to do so again at Chelsea.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Liverpool starlet, Jon Flanagan, is a doubt for the trip to Manchester City with a tight hamstring. Flanagan played through the issue against Cardiff City and could be asked to do the same on Boxing Day.

If Flanagan can't go against Manchester City, Liverpool's options are pretty thin. They could move Glen Johnson to the left and play Jordan Henderson on the right - possibly even as wing backs with a three-man defence. It would be a shame, however, to move Henderson from the attacking midfield role he's played so well over the last few weeks. Martin Kelly is another option, but he's just coming back from his own long-term injury.
Source: Liverpool FC
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has praised defender Jon Flanagan after the youngster's debut goal against Spurs. "So I've said to him, 'just play every game as if you haven't cracked it, go out and be the best you can be', and that's what he's done."

The right-footed Flanagan has made the left-back spot his own after Aly Cissokho couldn't do the same, and Jose Enrique suffered a long-term injury. The Liverpool defence still isn't what it should be, but when Luis Suarez is knocking in goals for fun, and the likes of Flanagan can chip in on occassion, they won't need to keep many clean sheets to keep winning.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:58:00 AM