By Alex Taylor
Ben Woodburn will not be allowed to attend Liverpool’s pre-season tour of America – because he has to go to school.
The 16-year-old prodigy burst onto the scene on Sunday evening after scoring a sublime volley to help the Reds to their third preseason win against Wigan.
The victory over the Lactis followed an already impressive start to their warm-up fixtures after a ruthless finish from the returning Danny Ings gave Klopp’s side a 1-0 win against Tranmere, before following that up with a 5-0 win against Fleetwood Town five days ago.
Klopp was asked if the youngsters would travel out tour. He told the Liverpool website: “[Ovie] Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben [Woodburn] are still in school – OK, at the moment it’s holidays but they have a few other things to do.
“That’s how life is, our lives were the same. We will be with them, help them, and we know about their qualities so it’s the best situation.”
Academy star Woodburn is so young that he is yet to have a profile under the list of under-21 and under-18 players on the club’s official website.
Despite his good form, scoring twice in two games for the Merseyside outfit, the starlet will not travel to America on the international leg of the club’s preseason tour because of his schooling commitments.