Thursday 8 December 2016

Meet Ben Woodburn - Liverpool's new teenage sensation

Harry Clarke

Published 29/11/2016 | 22:18

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and manager Jurgen Klopp celebrate after the game
Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and manager Jurgen Klopp celebrate after the game

He only turned 17 last month and his goal against Leeds United in the League Cup at Anfield makes him the youngest-ever Liverpool goalscorer.

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Here is everything you need to know about the teenage protigy.

DATE OF BIRTH: 15/10/99

NATIONALITY: Woodburn has represented Wales at underage level but was born in England. He is available to both countries.

POSITION: Striker

DEBUT: Woodburn made his competitive debut for the Reds when he came off the bench in the 2-0 win over Sunderland to become Liverpool's third youngest ever player at just 17 years, one month and 11 days.

WHEN DID HE JOIN LIVERPOOL?: He has been with the academy since he was eight years old.

WHAT THEY SAID: 

Des Maher, Liverpool Under-16s coach

"Six weeks ago Ben was training with my U16 group and here he is playing for the first team in pre-season.

“It just goes to show the club believes in the younger talent and if you are good enough you will get an opportunity no matter how young you are.

“It is a fantastic boost to our U16 group. Myself and U15 coach Barry Lewtas were saying to our new group this week what Ben is doing now could be you in a year’s time. You have to aim high, this is Liverpool Football Club, and in Jurgen Klopp we have a manager who gives young players an opportunity.

“These young players know they have a lot of hard work to do and you get your rewards if you give your maximum in every session and don’t let your standards drop.

“He is a quiet boy who just gets on with his job and he is really well focused. In all honesty he is a boy who is always a pleasure to have in the training session.

“He made his U18s debut last season at the age of 15 and did extremely well as everybody knows, but when he drops back down to the U16s because of his education programme you would never ever know he had been playing at a higher level. He is a credit to himself and his family."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

"It's a nice story and all the boys are happy for him, the dressing room are all smiling. It's a good moment for him and a good moment for us.

"To be honest, we all know how young he is but it doesn't look like this in training and things like this.

"He obviously grows quicker than other players in his skills so it's really nice."

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