Jon Flanagan set to return to Liverpool lineup after 20 months out
Jon Flanagan is on course to make his first appearance for Liverpool in 20 months on Wednesday after recovering from a knee injury, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The England right-back has been eased back into action with the club's under-20 side and the manager said that he expected to have him available in the FA Cup to face Exeter, with the plan being to name him as a substitute.
"Jon is in a really good way and we're all happy about this," Klopp said. "The medical department decided that he didn't train yesterday with us but he will train today.
"He is not for the starting lineup, but if nothing happens and he feels good then he will be on the bench. If there is a situation then we will bring him on, of course. It has really been a long time for him.
"I think now it's the first step back for him to breathe in and feel Anfield -- being back in the dressing room, not in a suit but in a tracksuit, so it's a good, good step for him. If nobody tells me something different, he will be in the squad."
Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @writertombell.