Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has committed to the club for the rest of his career and wants to become a one-club man, if he is handed a new contract in the summer. Flanagan's current deal expires in the summer but having made his first Premier League start for 22 months against Manchester City is bidding to make a late bid for a new contract.
Flanagan moved to the Reds aged 11 and made his first team debut seven years later in April 2011. He went on to become a key member of the first team and was the first choice left-back as the team under Brendan Rodgers finished two points behind eventual champions City in the 2013-14 season.
The departures of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher has significantly lowered the number of home grown players in the current Liverpool squad, though current manager Jurgen Klopp has promoted several players from the academy this term. Flanagan wants to the flag bearer for the club's youth ranks but needs a new deal in order to realise his dream of remaining at Anfield.
"I feel very privileged to be here," he told the Liverpool Echo. "It was always my dream to play for Liverpool. I pinch myself every day when I think about what I've done so far but hopefully there's a lot more to come.
"Carra and Stevie were both massive for me. From the first day I went to Melwood, they were giving me great advice and guiding me. Being local lads themselves, they knew the situation I was in. I learned so much from them. I'm a local lad and this is my club. I want to stay here and help Liverpool win trophies. I want to be a one-club man.
"Just to get back playing in the Premier League, it was a great feeling," he added of his start against City. "I'd missed that buzz and it's fantastic every time I pull on the shirt for Liverpool. When your chance comes you have to take it and I was satisfied with how it went. The manager gave me a chance and I was happy with my performance. I'm just focused on my football and letting my agent deal with the contract side of things. I just have to do my stuff on the pitch and show the manager what I can do."