Ben Woodburn, an English-born Welsh footballer playing for the Liverpool FC Academy, who turns 17 today, is on the verge of signing his first professional contract for the Merseyside club for a period of 3 years, the longest contract a 17-year-old scholar can sign.
Having made a couple of appearances for Liverpool in the summer friendlies against Tranmere and Wigan, he took no time to catch the manager’s eye, scoring in both appearances in pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp put the youngster into the first team fold during the off season and the teen did not fail to impress, producing impressive calm displays.
Woodburn came through the academy and was part of the under 18’s set up, when he was a mere 15-year-old. He made an impressive start to his under 18’s career, netting a lobbed goal against Cardiff and a stunning overhead kick against rivals Manchester United.
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Born English, the youngster chose to represent Wales ahead of England when he was eight and made the switch to Liverpool from Chester around the same time. His coaches at the Liverpool academy hail the young striker as a player to look out for in the future for Liverpool and Wales.
With an incredible turn of pace coupled by smart calm forward play with devastating finishing ability, it is no wonder that the German manager has kept a close eye on the development of Woodburn.
The young striker has been likened to another Liverpool academy graduate and former Anfield legend, Robbie Fowler.
He would have done well if he gets anywhere near the numbers that Fowler scored in his career at Liverpool.
All eyes on the game against United
Liverpool, with Klopp at the helm, seem to be moving in the right direction after a very impressive start to the campaign, despite a tough run of fixtures early on.
With Manchester United on the horizon, Klopp and the Kop, welcome the Red Devils to Anfield in what will be a highly charged affair, with both sides eager to strengthen their hold on the top 4 and gain a huge confidence boost.
Klopp will hope Anfield is at its vociferous best when old foes, United come hunting, as they look to continue their brilliant recent record at Anfield.