Brazilian legend Cafu produced a strange shout out over Twitter on Monday night after he claimed he had been bombarded by Liverpool fans claiming that Jon Flanagan is his heir apparent.
Cafu admitted he did not watch enough Premier League action to cast his own verdict on the Liverpool full-back, but suggested he will be keeping a watchful eye over the Reds’ youngster in the future.
.@paulhamill88 I have fan tweets who say RedCafu is Flanagan at Liverpool. I must watch more Premier league to see both !
— Cafu. (@officialcafu) February 3, 2014
Cafu engaged with fans of the Premier League over the social networking site as Manchester City and Chelsea kicked off and revealed that he had received a series of messages claiming Flanagan was the ‘RedCafu’, much to the delight of other Red followers of the Brazilian.
Flanagan, who was born and bred in the city and has risen through the ranks of the academy, has made an impressive start to life in the Liverpool first team, having gained a cult following among fans of the Merseyside outfit.
However, he has some way to go to emulate Cafu, with the brilliant Brazilian full-back having won Serie A, Champions’ League and World Cup winners medals among many others.
Flanagan scored his first goal for Liverpool to cement his reputation as an attacking full-back in the victory over Spurs in December and is tipped for a bright future both domestically and internationally.
It’s too early to compare Flanagan to Cafu, with the Liverpool youngster having created just three chances and completed six take-ons in his nine appearances for the Reds this season.