Birthdate: 1 January 1993
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: None
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 2007
International caps: u-21 3/0 caps/goals
Liverpool debut: 11.04.2011
Last appearance: 04.12.2013
Contract expiry: 2015
Win ratio: 47.62% W: 10 D: 4 L: 7
LFC league games/goals: 16 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 21 / 0
Liverpool-born Flanagan became one of the youngest players in Liverpool’s history to be allocated a first-team squad number when he was given the No. 38 shirt for the 2010/11 season when still several weeks short of his eighteenth birthday. Like his fellow defender Jack Robinson, Flanagan had impressed in Rodolfo Borrell’s Under-18 team at the Academy. Tony Barrett, who was then at the Liverpool Echo, predicted big things for the young Liverpudlian as the step-up to the reserves did not phase Flanagan in the slightest and he "just got on with the job in hand with the minimum of fuss, defending with a characteristic zeal but never missing the chance to get forward and get crosses into the box whenever the opportunity presented itself." Flanagan made the sort of impact on his first-team debut that all young players must dream about. The right-back played from the start against Manchester City at Anfield in April 2011 with great confidence and maturity, as he did only six days later in an equally tough encounter with Arsenal in London. At the Emirates he accidentally knocked out his captain, Jamie Carragher, but did not let that affect the level of his performance. He then played the full 90 minutes against Birmingham followed by 80 minutes against Newcastle. At Fulham in early-May he was asked to play on the left so that Glen Johnson could be accommodated on the right. Despite being in a position that he was not accustomed to, he still played with great assurance. To play so well in the final seven Premier League matches of the season was very commendable and it is hard to believe that he only became eighteen in January 2011.
Despite the positive impact he made following his introduction into the first team towards the end of the 2010/11 season, Flanagan only made eight senior appearances in 2011/12. Flanagan played at Blackburn in April, but didn't complete the match because, already cautioned, he was possibly fortunate not to be dismissed for another foul and was then substituted after his error compelled Doni to concede a penalty, as a result of which the goalkeeper was sent off. Rodgers relegated Flanagan to the reserves for a spell in 2012/13 and he knows that much remains to be done before he can expect to feature in the first team in the same way as other locally-born defenders like Gerry Byrne or Jamie Carragher.
The young defender, who celebrated his twentieth birthday on New Year's Day, will have been disappointed to figure in only three match-day squads in 2012/13. He started just once, away to Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League in November, came on as a substitute in the FA Cup-tie at Mansfield in January and was an unused substitute when Liverpool played Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh towards the end of August. So it is was not a season in which he made great progress, although there were no serious setbacks either.