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Jon Flanagan
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Flanagan playing for Rangers in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jonathon Patrick Flanagan[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)[3]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2018 Liverpool 40 (1)
2016–2017Burnley (loan) 6 (0)
2018Bolton Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2018– Rangers 18 (0)
National team
2011 England U19 1 (0)
2013 England U20 1 (0)
2011 England U21 3 (0)
2014– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:20, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:43, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Jonathon Patrick Flanagan (born 1 January 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a full back for Scottish Premiership club Rangers. Flanagan started his career with Liverpool, and has also played for Burnley and Bolton Wanderers. He has played in one full international match for the England national team, in 2014.

Club career[edit]


Early career[edit]

While still in the U18 team, Flanagan made his reserve debut at Hull City in March 2010.[citation needed] Promoted to the reserve team at the start of the 2010–11 season, he first featured in the Lancashire Senior Cup triumph over Oldham Athletic.[citation needed] He was subsequently picked out as one of the reserve team to watch by The Times sport writer Tony Barrett.[4]

2010–11 season[edit]

Flanagan made his first team debut when he started the Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield on 11 April 2011, being handed the number 38 shirt and playing at right back. Liverpool went on to win the match 3–0, with the 18-year-old playing the full 90 minutes.[5]

The young boy is not bad. For us that is really encouraging as well because it is a reflection of the work that is being done at the academy and if we have a strong academy it can only benefit us for years to come.

— Kenny Dalglish commenting on his debut.[6]

Flanagan continued his spell in the first team to cover for the long term injuries of Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson, making his second start the following weekend and playing the full match in a 1–1 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, a match in which he accidentally knocked out stand-in captain Jamie Carragher through a clash of heads.[citation needed] The incident did not faze the 18-year-old, however, as he gave an assured performance.[citation needed] In the following home match, against Birmingham City, and playing alongside fellow Liverpool Academy graduate Jack Robinson, Flanagan again played the full 90 minutes and helped Liverpool to keep a clean sheet in a 5–0 win.[7] His performance earned him a place in BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks's Premier League team of the week.[8]

In Flanagan's fifth start for Liverpool, he was employed as a left back against Fulham, with Liverpool winning 5–2.[citation needed] His next match, against Tottenham Hotspur, resulted in him conceding a controversial penalty for minimal contact on Spurs' Steven Pienaar.[citation needed] Liverpool lost the match 2–0, thus falling out of a UEFA Europa League spot with one match left of the season, one point behind Tottenham.[citation needed] Flanagan was awarded young player of the 2010–11 season for his consistent contribution at right-back.[citation needed] He was delighted to receive this award, and said there were a number of names that helped him to progress so much. He quoted after receiving the reward, "I would first of all like to thank the gaffer, Dalglish. He believed in me, and decided I was good enough for the starting line up, and I couldn't wish for a better manager to play under."[citation needed] On 8 July 2011, Flanagan signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.[9]

2011–12 season[edit]

Flanagan playing for Liverpool in 2011

Flanagan played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's opening Premier League match of the season at home to Sunderland, a 1–1 draw.[10] Flanagan played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's 3–1 away win against Exeter City in the League Cup, and made a late substitute appearance away to Brighton & Hove Albion in the following round of the same competition.[citation needed] He made his 11th Reds appearance one week after his 19th birthday, replacing Fábio Aurélio in Liverpool's 5–1 win over Oldham Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup.[citation needed]

He returned to the team on 24 March against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League in the absence of injured duo Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly.[citation needed] Flanagan retained his place, playing the full 90 minutes in Liverpool's next two league matches, before being substituted for Brad Jones in the 26th minute against Blackburn Rovers after his short back-pass had led to goalkeeper Doni being sent off. Liverpool won the match 3–2.[11]

2012–13 season[edit]

On 19 September, Flanagan was one of the clutch of teenagers to travel to Switzerland to play Young Boys in a Europa League group match.[citation needed] Flanagan, however, was not named in the matchday squad.[citation needed] On 8 November, he made his first appearance of the season in the starting XI against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.[citation needed] He played the full 90 minutes in the 1–0 loss, played in Moscow.[citation needed] Flanagan struggled through the season with injuries and was forced to miss a significant number of matches for the under-21s.[citation needed]

2013–14 season[edit]

Flanagan made his first start in the Premier League in 18 months in the club's away visit to Arsenal on 2 November, after illness forced Glen Johnson out of the squad.[citation needed] Johnson's illness, coupled with José Enrique's injury, led to Flanagan starting in the left back position in a reshuffled defence.[citation needed] Flanagan made his Merseyside derby debut, a 3–3 draw away at Everton, on 23 November in a performance that was praised by his teammate Steven Gerrard, who said that the Liverpool players gave Flanagan a round of applause when he came into the dressing room after the match.[12] Flanagan retained his place at left back in the next match against Hull City and was again praised for his performance, despite the match ending in a 3–1 defeat, with manager Brendan Rodgers describing his performance as "outstanding".[13] Flanagan scored his first goal for Liverpool with a powerful half volley in a 5–0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur on 15 December.[14]

He retained his place against Cardiff City on 21 December but was replaced early in the second half by Martin Kelly due to a tight hamstring which subsequently ruled him out of Liverpool's festive fixtures.[15] On 16 March, he put in an assured display at Old Trafford against Manchester United, which led to Brendan Rodgers comparing him to former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol, another right-footed defender who played well on the left side.[16]

2014–15 season[edit]

Flanagan did not make a single appearance for Liverpool during pre-season due to a buildup of fluid on the knee. Initially scheduled to return to first team training in early September, on 18 September Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Flanagan had undergone corrective surgery on his left knee and would miss the opening months of the season.[17][18] On 29 March 2015, Flanagan made his return from injury playing 30 minutes in a Liverpool All-Star charity match at Anfield.[19] After scans highlighted a new problem, however, Flanagan underwent another knee operation in April, keeping him out for a further six-to-nine months.[20] On 21 May 2015, Flanagan signed a 12-month contract extension with Liverpool to continue his rehabilitation.[21]

2015–16 season[edit]

In December 2015, Flanagan returned to full training with the Liverpool first team squad.[22] On 20 January 2016, he made his first appearance in a Liverpool matchday squad in 619 days, in a FA Cup third-round replay, coming off the bench as a 49th-minute substitute in a 3–0 victory over Exeter City.[23] Seven days later, he started in a League Cup semi-final match against Stoke City, playing for 105 minutes. After Liverpool won on penalties, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hailed Flanagan as his man of the match.[24]

On 18 March 2016, Flanagan signed a new long-term contract through to 2019.[25] On 20 March 2016, Flanagan captained Liverpool in a Premier League match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.[26]

2016–17 season: Loan to Burnley[edit]

On 5 August 2016, Liverpool announced that Flanagan had joined fellow Premier League club Burnley on a season-long loan.[27]

2017–18 season: Loan to Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In January 2018 he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.

On 8 June 2018, it was announced that Flanagan would be released at the end of his contract.[28]


Flanagan signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premiership club Rangers, managed by his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, in June 2018.[29]

International career[edit]

In May 2011, Flanagan was called up to the England under-19 squad for the first time,[30] although he had to withdraw due to a calf injury.[31] In August 2011, he was named in the provisional squad for England's 2013 Under-21s qualifying matches for the first time.[32] He made his debut in the 6–0 win over Azerbaijan.

On 28 May 2013, Flanagan was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[33] He made his debut on 16 June in a 3–0 win in a warm-up match against Uruguay.[34] On 12 May 2014, he was named as one of seven reserves for England's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad and trained with the squad at their pre-tournament training camp in Portugal.[35]

On 4 June 2014, Flanagan made his England senior debut, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half of a friendly against Ecuador in the United States.[36] For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Flanagan was announced by Roy Hodgson as one of the standby players.

As Flanagan's only senior international appearance was in a friendly, he remains eligible for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents. In November 2013, it was reported that Ireland manager Martin O'Neill wanted him to declare.[37]

Style of play[edit]

Flanagan has earned numerous plaudits for his style of play since his breakthrough into the Liverpool first team in November 2013; most notably, the World Cup-winning former Brazil captain and full back Cafu heralded Flanagan as his "successor", applauding his "speed, strength and determination" and stating he "has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world".[38][39][40] This has led to fans dubbing Flanagan as "the Scouse Cafu".[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan was born in Liverpool, Merseyside.[43] He is the nephew of former Blackburn Rovers right-back Bradley Orr.[44]

Flanagan was arrested after admitting assaulting his girlfriend, Rachael Wall, in Liverpool City Centre on 22 December 2017. After pleading guilty, in January 2018 he was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order.[45]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 19 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2010–11[46] Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2011–12[47] Premier League 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
2012–13[48] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 2 0
2013–14[49] Premier League 23 1 2 0 0 0 25 1
2014–15[50] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[51] Premier League 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2017–18[52] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 40 1 6 0 4 0 1 0 51 1
Burnley (loan) 2016–17[53] Premier League 6 0 3 0 1 0 10 0
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18[52] Championship 9 0 9 0
Rangers 2018–19[54] Scottish Premiership 16 0 1 0 2 0 11[c] 0 30 0
Career total 71 1 10 0 6 0 12 0 100 1
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes League/EFL Cup, Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League


As of match played 4 June 2014[55]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2014 1 0
Total 1 0




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