Jürgen Klopp has revealed his excitement over the prospect of working with Jon Flanagan as the full-back nears the end of a lengthy injury absence.

The 22-year-old has not featured for the Reds since the final game of 2013-14, a season which saw him establish himself in the first team at Anfield and break into the senior England squad.

A succession of knee issues have curtailed his involvement since but the No.38 has been stepping up his recovery of late and is now closing in on a comeback, according to Klopp.

When the manager was asked if Flanagan was back in full training at his pre-West Brom media briefing, he replied: "No, but close to - that's the best news.

And he went on to enthuse about the the Scouse defender, adding: "I think in his situation he should train parts of normal sessions next week and I'm really looking forward to it because I like this player.

"He had a bad, bad time [but] hopefully it's over and now he can start doing what he likes most.

"It's, for us, very good but of course he needs time."

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