Liverpool’s disappointing run of form continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City in the third round of the EFL Cup at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, and Reds fans were less than impressed with Jon Flanagan on a rare appearance for the defender.
The 24-year-old was named in the team for the first time since the final Premier League game of the 2015/16 season, having spent last term on loan with Burnley, as Jurgen Klopp decided to make wholesale changes to the team that drew with the Clarets on Saturday.
Injuries have restricted the right-back’s progress at Anfield, and his performance against the Foxes certainly won’t have helped his chances of turning his Liverpool career around.
He struggled to defend against Demarai Gray and he failed to link up with his teammates from an attacking point of view in the second half when Klopp’s men went in search of goals.
Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the full-back’s showing via social media, and while some labelled it as “actually embarrassing”, others believe he ‘isn’t even good enough for the reserves’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Hope Flanagan is gone in January…never to return!
I'm amazed he wasn't loaned out with a view to being sold this summer.
— Digby Chicken Caesar (@Angry_Klopp) September 20, 2017
Flanagan should not have been playing there tonight as well. Not good enough and clearly out of shape. Actually embarrassing. #LFC
— Evan Dunne (@EvanDunne) September 19, 2017
I don't see Jon Flanagan getting another game in the Liverpool shirt after his performance tonight. #LFC
— J (@JuIianlfc) September 19, 2017
Don't know what Flanagan Is still doing at Liverpool in this modern football era #LFC
— Oluwafemi Dunni (@IamdunniLFC) September 19, 2017
Solanke will never make it at LFC, Flanagan shouldnt be here anymore or play. Sakho in at Palace they win 1-NIL. Gomez needs work. #lfc
— Myrongaines (@myrongaines88) September 19, 2017
Probably last game for Liverpool tonight for Flanagan. Last game for him in a Premier League side too, I guess. #LFC
— Simon Winkel Madsen (@SimonWinkelM) September 19, 2017
Flanagan and Klavan should retire after that performance. And Henderson should go on exile. #LFC
— Nikhil Ranjan (@ranjan_rants) September 19, 2017
I love Flanagan but that should be his last game for #LFC. Should have moved on in the summer.
— Mersey Reds (@MerseyReds1) September 19, 2017
Klavan and Flanagan are massive liabilities, they offer nothing! #LFC 😖😖😖😖😖😖
— JoshWasTaken (@JoshWasTaken) September 19, 2017
— Chris Smith (@Chris_smith105) September 19, 2017