Liverpool star set for first-team return after lengthy injury spell

Liverpool star Jon Flanagan is in line to make his return to action after being sidelined for 20 months with a serious knee injury, according to Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year-old could feature in the upcoming FA Cup replay against Exeter after playing for the under-21 squad to build up his match fitness over the past few weeks.

Klopp has now come out to confirm that the right-back is well on his way to recovery and could even feature from the bench at some point in the upcoming clash.

“Jon is in a really good way and we’re all happy about this,” he is quoted by the Mirror.

“He is not [ready] for the starting line-up, but if nothing happens and he feels good then he will be on the bench. If there is a situation then we will bring him [on], of course. It has really been a long time for him.”

Flanagan was one of the stand-out performers for the Reds during the 2013/14 campaign, but has been unable to play since picking up the knock back in May of 2014.

However, the Anfield club will still be without star striker Daniel Sturridge who was given a rest by his manager due to a number of ongoing injury concerns.

“There is absolutely no chance for Daniel,” Klopp went on to reveal.

“He had a break in his training sessions because of some issues; he is now back on the pitch and again training.”

Back in the 2013.14 campaign, Flanagan managed to feature 24 times for the Reds in all competitions, scoring one goal while providing two assists.