Photo: Jon Flanagan draws inspiration from Liverpool legend

Jon Flanagan gets stuck into his former Liverpool captain's autobiograpy

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Jon Flanagan is drawing inspiration from a Liverpool legend ahead of defender’s anticipated return to action later this year.

The 22-year-old full-back has been sidelined for over 12 months after the Reds youngster suffered a serious knee injury last summer.

Flanagan was forced to undergo a further knee operation in May, which expected to keep the youngster out-of-action for six-to-nine months.

However, the England international is edging slowly closer to first-team training, with manager Brendan Rodgers tipping Flanagan to be fit for early December.

But for now, the Liverpool defender is reading Steven Gerrard’s new autobiography for inspiration.

Flanagan wrote on his Instagram page: “About to start the main mans autobiography . @stevengerrard”

The Liverpool defender was on standby for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup after a series of impressive performances for the Reds.

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Flanagan, who was part of the Reds’s League Cup-winning squad in 2012, scored one goal in 25 Premier League appearances last season.

Liverpool welcome Aston Villa to Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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