If Liverpool navigating their way through to the semi-finals of the League Cup wasn’t a good enough headline for you, then 17-year old Ben Woodward smashing Michael Owen’s record to become the Reds youngest goalscorer should do it with the teenager potting the winner as the Anfield outfit eased their way past Championship side Leeds United.
“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do. My first job is to help these boys so that they can be the best. In this case, Ben Woodburn,” explained Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the press. “I’m really happy for him. The only problem is I’m a little bit afraid about you [the media]. That why I’m so quiet on this,” he added, not even half joking. “Think and do what you want, but don’t write anything – only ‘Goalscorer, Ben Woodburn.’ Done. Quite a challenge!”
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The English media is notorious for heaping unreasonable expectations on the younger generation, but those of us who are more pragmatic know that even though there’s big things coming in the future of Woodburn, it’s a long hard road to become a player good enough to regularly grace Liverpool’s first team — let alone turn in to a someone that’s world class. With that being said, the way he got straight in to the match after replacing Kevin Stewart and found himself in the right place at the right time to smash home Divock Origi’s flick-on, the 17-year old is on the right track.
“I don’t think it makes sense that I say the obvious things. So first of all, I said ‘Well done, but it was not too difficult! I would have scored too if I would have been in the situation!’ That’s maybe the truth,” said the German with a wide smile on his face. “It’s all good. We know how to handle the situation and I know I can say to you whatever I want, [but] if he scores goals then it’s quite difficult to stay cool from your side,” continued Klopp, once again taking a shot at the press. “[He was] a very important player for us today and he scored a goal, which makes it more enjoyable.”