Liverpool not seeking Jon Flanagan sale despite Celtic links12:54, 16 JUL 2016 UPDATED 12:54, 16 JUL 2016 BY NEIL JONES
Reds defender is very much a part of Jürgen Klopp's plans this season
Liverpool are not looking to sell Jon Flanagan this summer – despite reports linking the defender with a move to Celtic.
Stories emanating from Scotland this week suggested that former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was keen on taking Flanagan to Parkhead on loan, but that Liverpool were only willing to consider a permanent switch for the 23-year-old.
The ECHO understands, though, that Flanagan is very much part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans for the season, and that the club is highly unlikely to allow him to leave.
The Scouser has featured in both of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies so far, and will do so again at Wigan Athletic on Sunday. There has been no contact from Celtic, or any other club, for the full back.
Flanagan signed a new three-year contract at Anfield back in March, having proven his fitness following 18 months out with a serious knee injury.
He told the ECHO earlier this month that he had returned to Melwood early this summer in a bid to get “super fit” for the new campaign, and his ability to operate in either full-back position makes him a more than useful option for Klopp, who has spoken glowingly of the Academy graduate in the past.
Flanagan made eight appearances for the Reds last season, captaining the side at Southampton in March. Having admitted he struggled for match fitness after so long on the sidelines, he says his knee is now “perfect” and that he is keen to catch Klopp’s eye during pre-season.http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-not-seeking-jon-flanagan-11623478