In the past few weeks injuries have plagued the Liverpool setup, however this has given young Jon Flanagan a chance to make his mark in the first team again. Some would say he has fitted in perfectly playing left back which isn’t his natural position but his performances show he is always putting in 100% for the team. Brendan Rodgers has mentioned on several occasions that Flanagan is a perfect professional, someone who is always willing to learn and prove himself in the first team squad. On Sunday Jon scored his first ever goal for Liverpool, and what a goal it was with brilliant build up play from the team making twenty nine passes before the ball got to Jon, who could have been mistaken for a world class forward with his finishing skills to bury it in the back of the net.
Sundays game was a real test for Liverpool to make their mark on the title race and they done it wonderfully smashing Tottenham 5-0 away from home. White Hart Lane was seen as a bogey ground for Liverpool in recent years as they had not won there for five years but all that changed last weekend with Brendan Rodgers turning a mid table team into top four challengers, and some may even say title challengers if the first half of the season is to go by.
On Sunday Jon Flanagan did an excellent job of keeping Aaron Lennon quiet; Flanagan had the second highest tackling rate from the Liverpool team with a successful tackle rate of 3 out of 7. Flanagan made some very important tackles in the Liverpool penalty area. He also made a total of two interceptions which both started Liverpool counter attacks.
Flanagans’ passing was superb in the Tottenham game only misplacing four passes out of thirty five attempts, which equals a 89% pass succession rate which is his best for the whole season so far. Flanagan was only successful with 50% of his long ball passes which was his only downfall in his game on Sunday.
Overall Flanagan was one of Liverpool’s star players on Sunday scoring his debut goal for the club, putting a smile on his face having been a Liverpool fan since he was a child and having certainly dreamt of that moment his whole life. He is beginning to become more settled with his passing and tackling, giving the ball away less and not giving away as many free kicks as he was at the beginning of the season which is a credit to him staying on the training field after training has finished and doing some extra work which Brendan Rodgers mentioned after Sunday’s game. I am sure in a couple of years he will become a key figure in Liverpool and England’s plans and will have a very successful career.