Jon Flanagan, Liverpool’s full-back, has joined Burnley on a season-long loan, as confirmed on the club’s official site.
The 23-year-old moves to Turf Moor after a litany of injuries disrupted his tenure, however his return from injury in January was followed by a new contract signed in March.
Flanagan told Burnley’s official site : “I am delighted to be here”.
“I got the call off my agent and I am delighted it’s all done and I can get started. This is a massive club with passionate fans I can’t wait to get started.
“I have been at Liverpool since I was 10, so I’ve been there a long time, but I think it’s time for me to get regular football and this was a great option for me. I’ve had a frustrating two years and got back for the second half of last season, which was good.”
“My aim now is to get as many games as possible and get back to the fitness levels I had in 2013/14. I have been out a long time and I need to get back to that level, which means getting a consistent run of games.”
“I think this is the best opportunity to do that.”
Flanagan was on hand at Turf Moor to watch his new teammates take in La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in a pre-season friendly on Friday evening. Raul Navas’s goal seemed to ensure victory for the Spanish side, but Andre Gray scored a late equaliser for Sean Dyche’s side in front of a crowd of 6,500.
Burnley kick-off the season next Saturday afternoon when they welcome Swansea to Lancashire. The following week sees the visit of Liverpool and their triumvirate of opening league games culminates in a potentially difficult game away to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
However Sean Dyche is relishing the challenge ahead: “It’s great to back in the Premier League and we’re all relishing the challenge ahead. It’s a difficult start but it is nice for the fans for the first game to be at home.
“Like every game in this league, it’ll be tough as Swansea are a good side who had a great end to the season under Francesco Guidolin”.
“We then play Liverpool who will have had their first full pre-season under Jurgen Klopp and there have been changes at Chelsea of course.”
“Everyone knows the demands of the Premier League but this is where we all wanted to be so we’re looking forward to all the games.”
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