Jon Flanagan insists that Liverpool’s summer signings of Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno will not force him out of the first team.
Flanagan enjoyed a brilliant debut season last year, proving to be one of his side’s unsung heroes as they climbed back into the Champions League spots.
However, his spot in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up has come under pressure this summer, by the additions of Manquillo and Moreno.
The Spanish duo can both play in the full-back positions and will do battle with Flanagan for a starting berth, but the Liverpool youth product says that the increased competition will only drive him on to perform to even higher standards.
“A massive club like Liverpool are always going to sign top players," he said to the club's official site.
"Moreno and Manquillo play in my position but that will just make me work harder.
"Having good players around you pushes you on.
"Hopefully I'll get back in the team. Things went well for me last season and I want to build on that."
Flanagan’s pre-season preparations have been halted by an injury, but he is set to return to action soon.
The robust full-back suffered a knee injury over the summer and therefore has missed all of his club’s tour of America and their start to the Premier League season.
His imminent return will be good news for Reds fans, though, and they will hope he can push on as he says he will.
Flanagan made 25 appearances for the club last season after starting the year as a relative unknown and even earned international recognition for his consistency.
The 21-year-old was named in England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup, although he didn’t make the final 23, and also was handed his maiden cap for the Three Lions and he now is considered one of the country’s better prospects for the future.
He will have the chance to test himself out at the top level this season, too, after the side’s qualification for the Champions League and Flanagan will be hoping to cope with the step-up as well as he has with every other challenge previously in his career.
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