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Flanagan a son of a gun: Dad played for Liverpool academy

Liverpool fullback Jon Flanagan has revealed he's a son of a gun.

Flanagan admits his success is thanks to learning from the mistakes his father made while an apprentice at Liverpool.

"My dad used to play here but he got let go when he was a scholar," explained Flanagan, a graduate of the club's Academy. "He told me about the mistakes he had made and admitted he maybe hadn't had the right attitude.

"He was a forward and he used to clean Kenny Dalglish's boots. He was a great player. I've heard many stories about him but he was just one of many who didn't make the grade.

"It's great because he knows his stuff and he's been in the same situation as me, so to have him to guide me is a bonus.

"His message was that he missed his chance and he didn't want me to miss mine. That was a big thing for me because I was able to listen to that advice and take it into training. It's up to me to make the most of that advice."

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