Wednesday 13 December 2017

Watch: Liverpool youngster nets wonder goal in pre-season friendly and suitably impressed Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn. Action Images via Reuters
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn. Action Images via Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn caught the eye of manager Jurgen Klopp as he scored in a 5-0 pre-season friendly win against Fleetwood.

The Reds ran out comfortable winners on a night when Klopp named a strong side, featuring Dejan Lovren as captain and big-money summer signing Sadio Mane partnering fit-again striker Danny Ings up front.

Goals from Marko Grujic, Lucas Leiva and two from Roberto Firmino sealed a comfortable victory for Liverpool, yet it was the strike from 16-year-old Woodburn that will steal all the headlines.

"In the first half I was not too happy with the performance because of course we are the better team, we have the better players,” stated Liverpool boss Klopp, in quotes appearing on the Liverpool Echo website.

"In the second half they changed, we changed - in that [second period] we tried to use information from the first half in it and we scored nice goals.

"It was ok. It is how it is. It is not a moment for being satisfied, we have to improve.

"It's important that he [Marko Grujic] can get confidence, that's how it is. He's still a young player. I'm very happy for the boys, they did well today.

"In the end, they are only wearing a Liverpool shirt because they are good. They have to make each other stronger, to work together.”

While Woodburn is still very much a raw talent, he has caught the eye of Liverpool academy chiefs in the last year and has earned international caps with Wales at junior levels as he makes his mark in the game.

With Klopp is keen to give some of Liverpool’s best young players a chance to shine ahead of his first full season as Liverpool manager, Woodburn seems keen to take his chance and while the young starlet may not be ready for first team duty in the Premier League just yet, this strike from a Reds under-18 game last season suggests he is one to watch in the future.

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