Liverpool footballer Jon Flanagan has been charged with Part 39 frequent assault following an incident within the metropolis centre final week, Merseyside Police have confirmed.
A spokesman told the Press Association (PA) that the 24-year-old was charged following an incident on Duke Road at round three.20am on Friday 22 December.
Flanagan was launched on conditional police bail and is scheduled to seem at Liverpool Metropolis Magistrates’ Court docket on Tuesday 2 January – the day after his present teammates journey to face former mortgage membership Burnley.
“The membership has been made conscious of an alleged incident involving a member of the primary workforce enjoying squad,” a Liverpool spokesman stated in response.
“We will probably be making no additional touch upon the matter whereas the method is ongoing with the related authorities.”
A Cressington native and academy product, Flanagan has featured 51 occasions at senior degree for boyhood membership Liverpool since being handed his first-team debut by Kenny Dalglish in April 2011.
The fitting-back, who was capped as soon as by England throughout a pre-World Cup pleasant in opposition to Ecuador in 2014 and was later positioned on standby for the match in Brazil, returned to motion in January 2016 after a number of knee surgical procedures saved him on the sidelines for a complete of 619 days.
After making eight appearances below Jurgen Klopp throughout the second half of the 2015-16 marketing campaign and placing pen to paper on a brand new long-term contract, Flanagan subsequently joined newly-promoted Burnley on a season-long mortgage however performed simply 10 occasions throughout a disappointing stint at Turf Moor.
The defender, a preferred determine amongst supporters who was beforehand dubbed because the “Scouse Cafu”, featured usually for Liverpool throughout pre-season however has been restricted to only one aggressive look up to now in 2017-18 – a 90-minute outing within the 2-Zero Carabao Cup third-round defeat to Leicester City on 19 September – regardless of a long-term damage to first-choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Behind the likes of Joe Gomez and teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold in Klopp’s defensive pecking order, he was left as an unused substitute for the top-flight defeat of Crystal Palace in August and the Champions League draw with Spartak Moscow in Russia.
Following their 5-0 drubbing of hapless backside membership Swansea City on Boxing Day, fourth-place Liverpool host Leicester on Saturday of their ultimate match of 2017 earlier than that aforementioned assembly with Burnley is adopted by an FA Cup Merseyside Derby in opposition to native rivals Everton and the go to of dominant league leaders Manchester City to Anfield.