With Andre Wisdom having left Liverpool to join Derby County on loan, fellow defender Jon Flanagan has said that he would be open to leave Liverpool on loan in a bid to play more games.
Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo, “Hopefully I can get another chance and keep showing what I can do. If I don’t get another chance then a loan is certainly a possibility. Everyone wants to play games.”
Flanagan made his first appearance for Liverpool in the Premier League for a long time on Saturday when we went down 2-0 to Arsenal. Flanagan was called into the side a few hours before kickoff as Glen Johnson was ruled out due to illness.
It was a tough game for Flano at the Emirates as we were up against a very good side in Arsenal and for Liverpool we rely a lot on our full backs to give us width in the 3-5-2 formation that Rodgers is using. It would have been tough on Flanagan to be thrown into the deep it but credit to the young defender, he held his own during that game.
Flanagan added, “I only found out I was playing a couple of hours before kick-off. The manager told me I was starting and I just had to make sure I was ready. It had been a long time since I last played in the Premier League.
“There were a few nerves but once the game started I was just focused on getting into the game and doing my job for the team.
“I played in the game at the Emirates a couple of years ago so I knew what to expect. I felt like I did okay but, to be honest, it was all about the result and we were all frustrated by the defeat.”
A loan move for Flanagan would be the best thing right now. He is still only 20-years old, having come up through the Liverpool academy, so at this stage he needs more regular football to take his game up to the next level.
Glen Johnson’s is Liverpool’s first choice right back and when fully fit, Martin Kelly will come in next meaning that starts like those against Arsenal will be rare for Flanagan. Liverpool are also reportedly interested in signing Barcelona right back Martin Montoya and if he arrives then Flano’s chances will be further limited.