Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has used today’s programme notes to praise Jon Flanagan for his performance against Stoke City on Tuesday.
The popular Reds’ defender made his first start for the club in 20 months after returning from his injury nightmare and the manager has singled out the Scouser for special recognition.
Klopp writes: “The maturity of Jon’s performance against Stoke City, in such an important game, was incredible.
“The quality he showed, having not started a game since May 2014, was incredible.
“He was my man of the match and his attitude should serve as an example to other young players about the importance of working hard and never giving up.”
Turning his attention to today’s game against West Ham, the boss added: “I have heard Slaven [Bilić] say this competition, the FA Cup, is very important to him and his team this season and therefore we know they will come here with a strong team looking to get a positive result. It is important to us also, although at the time of writing these notes I have no indication of the team we will be fielding for this match.
“Our long term injury issues are well known, but with so many games in such a short period of time I have to factor-in the 120 plus minutes we had to play this week, while West Ham were able to sit at home and rest. Of course, we face the Premier League leaders away from home on Tuesday also.
“However, whatever team takes the field in the red shirts of LFC today they will be going out there to represent the club and supporters with pride and with the task of winning the game and looking to continue our involvement in this famous competition.”
The manager’s and skipper’s programme notes are available in full to KopTalk members.