Liverpool defender relishing Javier Manquillo & Alberto Moreno rivalry
Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan is relishing increased competition for a first-team place at Anfield
Jon Flanagan is relishing the battle with Liverpool signings Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno to secure a starting spot.
The England international is facing increased competition for places after Brendan Rodgers signed the two Spanish full-backs in the summer transfer window.
There’s a lot more competition for places, which is good for us
Flanagan cemented his place as first-choice left-back during the second half of last season, scoring one goal and making one assist in 23 Premier League games.
And the 21-year-old, who will rival Glen Johnson and Manquillo for the right-back berth, isn’t fazed by the prospect of fighting for a first-team place at Liverpool this season.
“I don’t think it will be too long now and I think I should be back after the international break if all goes well,” Flanagan told Liverpool’s website.
“It has been frustrating for me but I can’t dwell on it. It was tough to pick up the injury in pre-season but I’ve just got to forget about that now and push on.
“It’s going to be tough but I’m more determined than ever. It’s a massive season for me and I just can’t wait to get back now.
“There’s a lot more competition for places, which is good for us. The manager has strengthened the squad with the new signings, so I’ve got to continue to work hard and then hopefully get a chance.”