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There has been speculation for a few days but reports tonight suggest that Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is now considering a season long loan with the Clarets.

The Liverpool born defender has been left out of the squad for their friendly at Huddersfield tonight with the Liverpool Echo suggesting that it is to allow him to decide whether to take up the option of coming to Turf Moor for the 2016/17 season.

They are saying that Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp believes he would benefit from it after the 23-year-old has been forced to miss a lot of football in the last two years with a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for 18 months. On his return, his performances were such that Klopp immediately offered him a new three year deal which has since been signed.

Flanagan has made forty Premier League appearances, making his debut in a 3-0 win against Manchester City in April 2011 when Andy Carroll with two and Dirk Kuyt scored the goals. He didn’t play a game in the 2014/15 season but returned last season to make five Premier League appearances alongside three cup games.

There is a connection already with Burnley Football Club – his uncle is Bradley Orr who himself played on loan for Burnley during the 2003/04 season.

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