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Teenage right-back delighted with the support shown by the veteran manager before 3-0 win, and hopes to make the grade and become a regular first-team player at Anfield

Liverpool youngster John Flanagan hailed manager Kenny Dalglish for his contribution to the development of the defender.

The 18-year-old made a strong debut in the 3-0 victory over Manchester City, in a game that also saw the club's record signing Andy Carroll bag his first goals for the team.

Flanagan worked under Dalglish during his time with the youth team as the Scot helped the youngsters back when Rafael Benitez was boss, and the youngster revealed the impact that the legendary former player has had.

"Kenny has been a big help to me and the other young players," he said, according to The Guardian.

"He's been working at the club for the last two years and he was at the academy so he knows all of the youngsters well. He's always a big help to us, telling us what to do. 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. The thing for us is that when we do get a chance we have to take it. There is a great bunch of lads at the academy, we were unlucky in the Youth Cup but we've got great teams in the academy and the reserves."

Flanagan also revealed that his father used to play for the club as a youngster but was unable to make the cut, and the teenager intends to use it as a source of inspiration to become a first-team regular.

"My dad was here when he was younger but unfortunately he didn't make it," he said. "But even that is something that can help me because he's able to speak to me about what worked and what didn't work for him and that means I can learn from his mistakes.

"He keeps telling me he used to clean Kenny's boots! My dad wants me to go all the way and so do I."

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