Legendary Brazil star Cafu has backed Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan to become one of the “best full-backs in the world”.
Right-back raider Cafu, the most-capped Brazilian of all-time, has struck an unlikely alliance with the Liverpool full-back.
The 22-year-old Flanagan first caught the eye of the two-time World Cup winner during the 2013-14 season as he excelled in helping the Reds compete for the Premier League title.
During that run, the real Cafu regularly took to Twitter to express his appreciation for Flanagan, whose performances had earned him the nickname ‘Scouse Cafu’ from Kopites.
The pair met at Anfield in May 2014 and have continued their friendship.
And Cafu was asked in the November edition of FourFourTwo whether he really is a fan of Flanagan.
He said: “Sure. I paid him a visit not long ago; we had lunch and took some pictures together.
“He is very fit and has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world.”
Cafu also says he is a fan former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard, saying: “He is a great example of character for me.”
Cafu also wishes he could have played in the Premier League during his career, adding: “I would have loved to play for Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea.”
Flanagan is still recovering from a knee injury and has not played for the Reds in a competitive game since May 2014.
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