Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is edging closer to a new contract after talks advanced with the club this week.
The 23-year-old academy graduate’s current deal expires in the summer after he was given only a one-year extension following 20 months out with a knee problem.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire to keep the full-back for the longer term and it is understood Flanagan’s agent and chief executive Ian Ayre had positive negotiations this week with suggestions he could sign a three-year contract before the end of the week.
“After 20-something months out he played so smart and so clever,” said Klopp.
“In the first half he showed his opponent (Sterling) ‘maybe we were friends a few months ago but not for tonight’.
“In the second half he saved energy by not going forward as much and was really clever.
Klopp also admitted he was confident of securing the player on a new long-term deal at Anfield.
“Of course, ‘Flanno’ is our boy and we’ll do everything we can to come together, and hopefully in the end it’s a positive solution for both sides,” he added.