Flanagan 'made up' over chance

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

The 18-year-old right-back was given little notice before being thrust into the side to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday. The local-born prospect responded with a composed and mature performance as the Reds secured a comprehensive 3-0 win and he could be asked to continue at Arsenal on Sunday. Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo: "It was such a special night for me. It's difficult to explain really but it was just brilliant to be out there. "At first I was nervous as it was a really big game to come into in front of over 40,000 fans. It took me 10-15 minutes just to settle down. "As the game went on I got more and more into it. I just looked to get on the ball and keep it simple. "I'm just made up with the way it went. It was a good win for the team and a great performance. "Now I've got to keep working hard and learning. When you get a chance you have to take it." Manager Kenny Dalglish turned to academy graduate Flanagan with Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly, another youngster who has impressed this season, both out with hamstring injuries. Flanagan's impressive performance has given Dalglish a welcome extra defensive option ahead of the trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal, with Daniel Agger having been ruled out for the rest of the season. Flanagan feels his development has been given extra impetus by the appointment of Dalglish as manager as he knows the Scot well from his time with the academy. Dalglish served as academy director before being asked to step up to the first-team hotseat on a caretaker basis following the departure of Roy Hodgson in January. Flanagan said: "Kenny helped me a lot before the game and gave me loads of advice. Kenny has been a big help to me and the other young players. "It helps us just the fact that we already know him well from the academy because it means that he knows us well too. "It gives all the young players a boost because we all know that Kenny is looking at us and is willing to give us our chance, so that gives us confidence."

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