Date: 8th July 2011 at 3:43pm
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There are a lot of signings taking place at Liverpool. Damien Comolli has been a very busy many over the last couple of days. He has managed to sign Charlie Adam, Glen Johnson signed a new deal with the club yesterday and today (Friday) young John Flanagan has signed a new long term deal to stay at Liverpool. I certianly hope this signing momentum carries on for the rest of the summer at the club.

I am glad that we are getting players to sign new deals, that goes to show their commitment to the club and us in turn rewarding them. But we know in football today, a contract does not mean much as players can easily break them and join new clubs. But in the case of Flanagan, we have a very talented right-back who has already excelled at the top level last season when he was called into the squad due to injuries.

Comolli spoke to Liverpoolfc.tv and was glad that Flanagan signed a new deal.

“The first thing everyone will say is he deserves it because he did so well for us towards the end of last season,” he said. “Flanno had a long time left on his current deal but we felt it was the right thing to do, to reward him for what he’s done.

“His attitude is absolutely terrific. As you see him on the pitch – committed, dedicated, the intensity of his game – is what he’s like off the pitch. He’s very professional, he knows how to look after himself and who to listen to, and I think that’s why he’s improved so quickly.

“He’s only 18-years-old and he’s still got so much room for improvement in every area of his game – but he’s already very good going forward, technically he’s very sound. I’m sure in two years’ time we’ll talk about him having made even bigger progress.

“We’re really looking forward to his development and seeing how he’s going to do.”

I am sure there will be a lot of Liverpool players in the reserves and at the academy who will look at John Flanagan today as see that they can achieve success and break into the first team. It is only ‘yesterday’ that Flanagan was playing alongside them. Hard work pays off and you get rewarded for it as is seen with Flano.