Jon Flanagan probably had a lot of dark days during his injury hell over the last season or so, but today will have made it all worthwhile.
The Liverpool full-back was out of action for nearly two years after sustaining a serious knee injury whilst on duty with England in 2014, and there was a time when we’re pretty sure he probably wondered when – and if – he’d ever return to the Reds’ first-team.
But return he has, and in the week he signed a new three-year contract at Anfield, Flanagan achieved a boyhood dream by captaining the side at Southampton.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) March 20, 2016
Flanagan missed the two-legged Europa League win over Manchester United after being left out of the club’s European squad, but he returns to face the Saints this afternoon.
And in the absence of usual skipper Jordan Henderson, and vice captain James Milner, Flanagan is the man given the responsibility by Jurgen Klopp – at the tender age of 23.
It’s fair to say the news was greeted with unbridled joy amongst fans:
Jon Flanagan. Liverpool captain. pic.twitter.com/Lp0NvMLmST
— Kristian vS Hæhre (@vonstrenginho) March 20, 2016
Beatles t shirt on Friday, made Jon Flanagan captain today. Klopp just needs to say f*ck Thatcher and he'll be given the freedom of the city
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 20, 2016
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan has been made Liverpool captain for the day.
We approve. ? pic.twitter.com/IPQKFY8eoA
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan, captain of Liverpool. Yes. Yes, the universe approves of this.
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan is the captain of Liverpool today ???
— Read Liverpool (@ReadLiverpoolFC) March 20, 2016
And now Klopp has made Jon Flanagan captain for the day. He really, REALLY, knows what he's doing.
— Marc Astick (@marcastick) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan: Liverpool captain just sounds like the sequel to Mike Bassett: England Manager
— ØTTØ (@BurntFaceOtto) March 20, 2016
Local boy Jon Flanagan captain….Great start #LFC
— Munraj Pal (@MunrajPal) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan for captain tonight! You got this, Kid!! #YNWA
— Gema Ayu Putri (@gemaayu) March 20, 2016
— Fran (@baboons) March 20, 2016
Jon Flanagan Captain! #LiverpoolDay
— Ganang Adhi (@GansAdhi10) March 20, 2016
Big congrats to @jon_flan93 for signing new deal and for being captain today. Well deserved mate. Although I would have given you 5 years
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) March 20, 2016