Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on young defender Jon Flanagan after his recent displays.

The 20-year-old full-back netted his first senior goal for the Reds in Sunday’s 5-0 in over Tottenham to cap an impressive few weeks in the first-team in Jose Enrique’s absence.

The Merseyside-born youngster is a right-sided player by trade, but has been used on the opposite flank to great effect in ties against Everton, West Ham and Norwich.

After initially breaking into Liverpool’s match day squad a few seasons ago Flanagan drifted away from the set-up, leading some to question whether or not he was cut out for life at the club.

However, Rodgers has thrown him back in of late, and has been very impressed with his ability and attitude.

“He’s a terrific boy that has played for the under-21s, in practice games with about two people watching,” Rodgers told the Daily Star.

“And whoever he’s up against, he doesn’t change. I thought when he came in for a few games this was a kid that can handle it.

“And since he came in and played in the derby, where he was man of the match against Everton, he’s been fantastic.

“His confidence has grown and grown over time.

“A young player like that, probably a couple of years ago, might not have had a chance.”

Enrique is set to miss another six weeks of action, leaving Flanagan with a chance to assert himself as a key player in Liverpool’s push for European qualification.

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