Liverpool defender Flanagan returns to action after 19-month injury absence

Liverpool Under-21s manager Michael Beale feels Jon Flanagan is in "a good place" upon returning to action against Fleetwood yesterday.

Jon Flanagan of Liverpool with Jordan Milson (Rehab Fitness Coach) at Melwood Training Ground on December 30, 2013 in Liverpool, England.

Flanagan has been left frustrated as two operations on his left knee left him out of action since he played for Liverpool's first team on the final day of the 2013/14 season in a win over Newcastle at Anfield.

He was subsequently named as a standby player for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, having made his England debut in a warm-up game against Ecuador in the United States.

Flanagan has been sidelined with a knee injury for most of the last 19 months, during which he managed just two appearances - a friendly against Brondby in July 2014 and a charity game back in March.

The 22-year-old has been injured for 19 months, first having surgery in September 2014 after being troubled by fluid on his knee, before a second procedure in April 2015 to fix cartilage.

The club granted him a one-year extension to his contract in May as he continued his rehabilitation.

Jose Enrique also started the match against Fleetwood and played the entire 90 minutes following a recent hamstring problem.

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