Liverpool have reportedly told Jon Flanagan’s suitors to look elsewhere this summer after the full-back was linked with moves to Celtic and Burnley.
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 player has also been linked with a move to Premier League new boys Burnley.
But the Liverpool Echo claims that Flanagan remains very much part of Jurgen 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.
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, and the player recently told the Echo he hopes to play a big part under Klopp this season.
“This is going to be a big season both for the club and for me personally,” he said. The extra sessions have got to benefit me. Hopefully I can get super fit and stay like that for the season.
“I haven’t had a proper pre-season since 2013. I haven’t been able to do much on either of the last two tours. I want this pre-season to be different.
“I feel great and things are going well. The knee is perfect.”