It appears life doesn't get much sweeter if you're Jon Flanagan at the moment.

The young Scouser is on the verge of clocking up a 29th appearance for his boyhood club in the capital against Fulham tonight.

He's given the kind of displays young Kopites can only dream of putting in against the likes of Everton this season and he even hammered his first goal - a beauty - against Tottenham Hotspur.

When he arrives for work of a morning, England's captain and one of the most iconic figures in Liverpool's history, Steven Gerrard, is determined to help him fulfil his potential.

The fans are desperate for him to succeed, as is his manager, Brendan Rodgers, and to cap it all off, he's recently been praised on Twitter by double World Cup winner and Brazilian legend, Cafu.

"There's been a few comments going around the training ground about that," laughed Flanagan in the latest episode of #LFCWORLD. "But it's just brilliant having him [Cafu] commenting.

"To see a tweet from Cafu, someone I've looked up to, a brilliant right-back all of his life for Brazil, AC Milan and others - for him to comment on me is amazing really.

"You think: is it real and did he really tweet that? It's a great boost for me. Some fans call me stuff, some fans call me other stuff! But for him to notice me and say he's going to watch me is just brilliant.

"He's a legend in the game, so hopefully I can keep improving and maybe one day reach the top like he did."

On the influence of his teammate and Liverpool skipper, Gerrard, Flanagan said: "Every day in training, I look to follow Stevie. He gives me inspiration every day and just to train with him is brilliant for me.

"When Carra was here, he was a big inspiration and he's been a big help to me on my journey so far. I'm working hard every day. The manager is telling me what to do and what not to do. I think my game has improved as well.

"Just to be back in the squad and to be playing gives you a big boost, so you could say my confidence has gone up."

Flanagan has been a revelation in the full-back role for Liverpool in recent months.

A level-headed but ruthless derby display, which had Reds fans punching the air in delight, set the ball rolling as Rodgers' side drew 3-3 with Everton in November last year.

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Then came the youngster's glorious strike against Spurs in front of a stunned home crowd as Liverpool ran riot to win 5-0 in December.

"To score against Tottenham was brilliant and hopefully I can add many more to that as well," said Flanagan. "I stay behind after training to do a bit of shooting and I'm always working on that.

"But to get a longer run in the side, play more games and keep improving is my aim. Hopefully we'll have a Champions League spot at the end of the season, and I can just concentrate on every game."

Flanagan burst onto the scene with one of the most impressive full debuts of recent times, shutting out Manchester City as Kenny Dalglish's men were 3-0 winners at Anfield in April 2011.

The 21-year-old made eight appearances the following season under the Scot, before featuring just twice during Rodgers' maiden season at the helm.

He already has 11 games under his belt in the current campaign and, through sheer hard work, Flanagan intends to build on that.

"I just have to keep working hard," he said. "It was always in the back of my mind that I was going to progress and get back in the side, so I just had to keep working and keep pushing.

"Thankfully I got my chance. Hopefully I can carry that on now. I've had a couple of injuries and I had one over Christmas time. Hopefully I'm over them now and hopefully I can have a decent run in the side."

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