Local lad Flanagan was excellent for the visitors in their 3-3 draw at Everton.
"He was on the front foot, he was aggressive. He did exactly what the manager told him to do before kick off. He was brilliant.
"He's a local lad and you don't need to tell them what the derby means. He's known what to expect from an early age.
"All of the players gave him a round of applause when he came in the dressing room afterwards. He was sensational."
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