Jamie Carragher reveals text message to Liverpool star
Jamie Carragher reveals his delight at seeing Jon Flanagan make his Liverpool return in midweek
Jamie Carragher has revealed that he sent Jon Flanagan a good-luck message before the defender finally made his return to action for Liverpool against Exeter City on Wednesday night.
Flanagan has had to endure 18 months on the sidelines due to a knee injury but was afforded a warm welcome when he came on as a second-half substitute during Liverpool’s 3-0 FA Cup replay win at Anfield.
Carragher played alongside Flanagan during his time at Liverpool and the former England international admits that he was delighted to see the defender make his return in midweek.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher said: “Jon had endured 18 months of frustration because of a knee problem so it was great to see him back in a Liverpool shirt for his first competitive match in 619 days.
“You can say it was only a game against Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup, but the difference he made when Jurgen Klopp introduced him was noticeable, with the way he organised Liverpool’s defence and the quality of his passing.
“I sent Jon a message on Wednesday morning to wish him all the best and I’ve kept in regular contact with him during his time out.
“I know how difficult it has been for him but, to his absolute credit, he never allowed himself to get too despondent.”
Carragher also revealed his admiration for Brazil legend Cafu after he reacted to Flanagan’s comeback on Twitter due to the defender’s nickname.
I have a thousand tweets! I guess it's the return of a friend to the field!!! @LFC
— Cafu. (@officialcafu) January 20, 2016
He continued: “There was a nice touch from Cafu on Twitter, when Jon came on, about a player who started being called ‘The Scouse Cafu’ after he scored a brilliant half-volley at Tottenham in December 2013.
“I know how much it meant for him to play again and I would expect this to be the first of many appearances he makes before the end of the campaign.”
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will play West Ham United at Anfield for a place in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday 30 January.