Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has been heavily impressed by Liverpool loanee Jon Flanagan, according to The Bolton News.

The full-back recently broke into the first-team after signing on-loan for the Sky Bet Championship side and, during his four appearances for the Trotters, he is yet to taste defeat.

However Parkinson admitted that he is yet to hold discussions with Flanagan and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp over his future.

Flanagan struggled to break into the first-team initially, finding it difficult to take Mark Little and Fil Morais’ places in the Championship side’s defensive trio.

But, having recently broken into the first-team, Parkinson recognised Flanagan’s efforts as the Hatters hope to avoid relegation.

The 25-year-old’s contract at Anfield expires in 2019. A permanent move away from Merseyside looks likely for Flanagan, with Nathaniel Clyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez all above him in the pecking order, but Parkinson refused to admit any plans for the future.

“I haven’t thought about next season but he’s a class act,” Parkinson said.

“He epitomises the kind of player who relishes the challenge we are faced with.

“He’s played at Premier League level, like Andy Taylor, and they are both absolutely the types we need at the moment.

“He has looked a level above at times. We put him into the team when we went back to a back four.

“I think he could do a job as a wing-back but he’s not as dynamic as a Mark Little or Fil Morais.

“Since he has been in the team he’s been excellent. He has come on from playing back-to-back games and training well, and that’s why we brought him in from Liverpool.”

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