Jurgen Klopp unhappy with decision over Liverpool teenage star
By Danny Wright
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy that Chris Coleman did not speak to him ahead of calling up Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad.
The 17-year-old received his first ever senior international call-up last week for Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.
— Wales (@FAWales) March 16, 2017
Woodburn only made his first start for the Reds in January but has clearly impressed the Welsh boss enough to merit inclusion in a squad including the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Liverpool teammate Harry Wilson was also handed a call-up to the squad on Monday as Tom Lawrence dropped out of the squad with injury.
However Klopp is not pleased with the lack of communication between Coleman and himself as he believes that the two of them have the biggest influence on Woodburn’s budding career.
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“Actually, I was surprised about this. I don’t know exactly how it’s normal here,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“This should not be a criticism, but usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me.
“He has to learn, he has to develop, he has to improve, all of this… there are now two managers responsible for him.”
Woodburn has been on fire for the Liverpool Under-23 side this season and has smashed six goals in 12 appearances.
The teenager scored his first senior goal earlier in the season when he came off the bench to find the net in a 2-0 win over Leeds in the EFL Cup.
He has since gone on to make seven first team appearances for the Merseyside club this season.
In other Liverpool news, this left-back has a reported five-year contract at Anfield.