On-loan Burnley full-back Jon Flanagan will complete the season at Turf Moor, and won't be returning to Liverpool this month, as had been suggested by Clarets boss Sean Dyche.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 24-year-old will remain with his loan club, as there was no break clause in the contract that was agreed upon by the two clubs back in August.
Flanagan has made five appearances for Burnley this season, with just three of those being starts. But the folks at Anfield hope that he will build up his fitness so he can play a role in Jurgen Klopp's squad next season.
The defender spent time on the sidelines during the Christmas period, courtesy of a knee issue. However, it wasn't thought to be anything regarding the devastating injury he suffered in 2014.
“It takes time to come through injuries, we’ve seen that with Vokesy (Sam Vokes), he’s looking a different player now compared to six months after his injury," Dyche explained.
"We knew there’d be an adaptation period for Flanno.
"He knows about the players now and how we operate as a team, on the training pitch and I think that’s done him some good so he’s closer to where he wants to be. We’ll monitor his situation and him with us.”
Flanagan has spent his entire career with the Reds, making his reserve debut against Hull City in 2010. The defender then made his first Premier League appearance a year later, featuring as a starter in a match against Manchester City that Liverpool won 3-0.