The “Scouse Cafu”, Jon Flanagan looks bright for England and Liverpool future
Liverpool full back Jon Flanagan claim he is over the confidence issues he had been facing earlier this season. Flanagan admits his Liverpool career was spiraling downwards, but a little help from the Brazilian legend Cafu and Liverpool fans he is back on track.
The 21-year-old hadn’t made a Premier League appearance in almost 17 months. Rumors suggested Flanagan might be given the reserve status or sent on loan to another club, but the youngster’s rise in form has brought him into the first-team.
During the past four months Flanagan has established himself as consistent performer in Liverpool’s defense. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is so much impressed by Flanagan’s form that he has predicted he’d probably get a call up from England very soon.
Flanagan feels he finally been able to put his fears behind him and concentrate on the future. Now, Liverpool fans are touting him to become the next big full back in the Premier League. They have even given him the nickname “Scouse Cafu”.
The real Cafu, the one who used to play for Brazil and AC Milan, has now become aware of Flanagan and in a Twitter post during early February the Cafu said that he will be watching the Premier League more closely in order to keep an eye for the Liverpool full back.
“Just to see a tweet off Cafu, someone I’ve looked up to, a brilliant right-back all his life for Brazil, AC Milan and that,” Flanagan told LFC TV in response to Cafu’s Tweet. “For him to comment on me like that is just amazing really. You think: Is it real? Did he tweet that? It’s a great boost for me.
“Some fans call me stuff. Some fans call me other stuff. But for him to notice me and say he’s going to watch is just brilliant. He’s a legend in the game. I hope I can keep improving and maybe one day reach the top like he did.”
Flanagan, who broke into Liverpool’s first team in April of 2011, spent a lot of time in the reserves after 1-1 draw against Sunderland at Anfield, the only goal from the adversaries coming as a result of a mistake from Flanagan.
However, since then Flanagan has picked himself and dusted the dirt off to find his way back into the Liverpool team. England coach Roy Hodgson was recently seen at a Liverpool game, probably assessing the performance of the youngster. Therefore, a call for Flanagan could be in progress already.