Liverpool have confirmed their defender Jon Flanagan will be at Burnley on loan until the end of the 2016/17 season. The versatile full-back returned to action earlier this year after spending 20 months on the sidelines.

The 23-year-old came up through the ranks of the Reds' youth system and made his way into the first team in 2010 although he failed to cement a place in the starting line-up. However, he was given a chance by their former manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Under the guidance of the Northern Irishman, Flanagan excelled in the 2013/14 season. Multiple knee injuries kept him on the sidelines and is not included in Jurgen Klopp's plan at Anfield for the upcoming season.

A statement on Liverpool's official website read, "Liverpool can today confirm that Jon Flanagan has joined Burnley on a season-long loan deal."

"The 23-year-old full-back, who signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in March, will spend the 2016-17 campaign at Turf Moor."

"Academy graduate Flanagan returned to action in January after 20 months on the sidelines and made his 50th first-team appearance for Liverpool in the final Premier League game of last season at West Bromwich Albion."

Flanagan has admitted that he is delighted to make a switch to Turf Moor on loan and is hoping to get regular playing time under his belt. The England international, who can play as a right-back or left-back is Burnley's third signing of the summer transfer window.

Jon Flanagan
Jon Flanagan signed a new long-term contract in MarchGetty

"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," Flanagan told Burnley's official website.

"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."