Following his brilliant display in the Merseyside Derby, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is surprised that not many clubs have come in and made an enquiry to take Jon Flanagan on loan. 20-year old Flanagan was a stand out against Everton as he came in to play at left back for the injured Jose Enrique.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers said, “He needs to play football. But if he plays like he played today, he is going to get football.
“It’s been remarkable, really, that we haven’t had any clubs come in to take him on loan. We will always facilitate the wages, but we have had just one club come in for him, and that was a League One club. He’s a young player that needs to play.
“There have been a couple of enquiries about him, but nothing concrete. I just felt that I needed to have him about, and in the end I needed him to play in the Arsenal game.
“He’s done brilliantly, and that gives me something to think about.”
Rodgers has sent Andre Wisdom, Suso, Conor Coady and Jack Robinson out on loan this season and they have done well at their clubs. It is always important for young players who will struggle to get into the first team to be sent out on loan to a club that will play them regularly so they can build on their game.
I am sure following his Merseyside Derby performance, Brendan Rodgers will be receiving a few calls from teams in the Premier League or Championship enquiring about Flanagan’s availability for a loan move.
Just having a look at what Suso has done at Almeria this season, is reason enough to send our young players out on loan. But as it stands now with Flanagan, it will be interesting to see what Rodgers does. With the news that Enrique is out injured for 10 weeks and Aly Cissokho still struggling to make an impact, Rodgers may decide to give Flano and extended run in the first team for the next 10 weeks.
Liverpool do have other options at left back if Rodgers opts not to go with Flanagan or Cissokho. Rodgers is able to play Glen Johnson at left back and then ask Flanagan to play in his more natural right back role or Brendan could try Daniel Agger at left back. With the January window just around the corner, there is an added option of the Liverpool manager to go into the transfer market and buy an experienced left back.