Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "Flanagan's progress will give the Liverpool academy staff a lot of pleasure, because it's good to see one of your own come through.
"On Merseyside there always seems to be room for good players who come from the area and know what it means to represent Liverpool.
"Any gaps in his game are filled by that typical Liverpool spirit.
"The fans can identify with him because he's a local lad and they almost seem to help him make the right decisions in games."
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