Jurgen Klopp addresses ‘really emotional’ Liverpool moment
Jurgen Klopp says he was thrilled that Jon Flanagan could make his comeback in Liverpool's FA Cup tie
Jurgen Klopp says Jon Flanagan’s return from injury provided a really emotional moment at Anfield during Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Exeter City.
The Reds full-back came on as a second-half substitute in the 51st-minute to make his first Liverpool appearance in 619 days.
Since I’ve been here he was always injured – but never in a bad mood! That’s unbelievable. He is a really strong lad
Flanagan replaced Connor Randall and helped Klopp’s side ease to a 3-0 victory over Exeter in their FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield.
The England Under-21 international hadn’t featured for the Reds since the end of their unforgettable 2013/14 season after a long-term knee injury.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after their FA Cup third-round replay victory, Klopp expressed his delight to see positive Flanagan back on the pitch.
“When Flanno came in it was a great moment, after this long time,” Klopp said.
“I haven’t had him too often in training until now because we need to really be careful with him. Too high intensity is not allowed, so it’s always training, break, training, break, recovery. He had a few minutes in the U21s.
“Connor Randall had a little problem with a muscle and it was the opportunity for us to bring Flanno on. It was a really emotional moment.
“The whole stadium stood up and clapped their hands. It was really good and nobody deserved it more than him. It’s such a long time, an unbelievably long time.
“Since I’ve been here he was always injured – but never in a bad mood! That’s unbelievable. He is a really strong lad.
“Hopefully, now it goes on. We have to see how he feels tomorrow and take it day by day. But it is one of the best [pieces of] news we could get that he’s back.”
Flanagan, who was part of the Reds’s League Cup-winning squad in 2012, scored one goal in 25 Premier League appearances during the 2013/14 season.
The Reds will face West Ham United in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Anfield.