By Harvey Byrne

Sadio Mane has stated that he believes young Liverpool sensation Ben Woodburn will become a “great player.”

Woodburn, 17, made his senior debut for the Reds in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland, making his way off the bench on the 90th minute for Georginio Wijnaldum.

He was handed another appearance from the bench against Leeds on Tuesday evening and bagged the second goal in the 2-0 victory at Anfield in the EFL Cup.

He has caught the attention of many onlookers and summer signing Mane has shared his hopes for the young attacker.

“I want to congratulate him,” started Mane to Press Association Sport, as quoted by the Mirror. “He is a very good player and has a very good future.

“I hope he will keep going and working hard and I think he will be a great player.

“Everyone was happy for him to score his first goal, especially in a big atmosphere at Anfield.”

Mane played the full 90 minutes in the midweek victory over Leeds and helped earn his side a spot in the League Cup’s semi-final stage.

He has been an instant success at the club following his mega £34million move from Southampton in the summer, justifying the price tag with six goals and five assists in 14 appearances.

Mane and Liverpool will now be preparing for a clash at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth as they look to continue their push for the Premier League title.

Meanwhile, Woodburn could be set to see more minutes with star attacker Philippe Coutinho ruled out for five to six weeks with an ankle injury.

In other Liverpool news, this young trio will soon be fixtures in the first team.