'He will hurt people': Club chief raves about Liverpool academy sensation
By Matt Farr
Liverpool U23’s manager Mick Garrity believes Ben Woodburn has the quality to ‘hurt’ the opposition.
The exciting Anfield academy product has been in superb form for the Liverpool reserve side this term, contributing eight goals and six assists from just 14 appearances.
His impressive displays have caught the eye of first team manager Jurgen Klopp, who has handed him a further eight appearances in the senior setup.
He regularly trains with the Liverpool seniors at their Melwood training camp, and Garrity is under no illusions that the 17-year-old is a player with ‘bundles of quality’.
Woodburn netted two goals as Liverpool’s U23 side beat Manchester City 3-2 on Monday night, and Garrity was full of praise for his talents.
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He told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s got bundles of quality. I think when you can get him round the goal and round facing forward then he will hurt people.
“He’s been on the (first team) bench a lot and he probably hasn’t played as much as he wanted to play, but he can be really proud of the year that he’s had and the progression that he’s made this season.
“It’s not to be sniffed at what he’s achieved. He’s gone up to Melwood, he’s training with the first team every single day, he’s in the squad. Whenever he has played, he’s showed the quality that he’s got.”
Woodburn has been named in the matchday squad on 16 occasions in the Premier League this season, but he has been limited to just four appearances and just one start.
However, he has been handed his opportunity to impress in the domestic cup competitions, earning three starts during Liverpool’s FA Cup campaign earlier this season.
The teenager’s meteoric rise through the ranks this season also earned him a call-up to the Wales senior international side during the international break in March, but he did not feature.
In other Liverpool news, talks are underway for the Reds to seal this midfielder summer transfer.