Striker agrees terms with Liverpool after breakthrough in talks - report
By Alex Stevens
Emerging Liverpool star Ben Woodburn has agreed his first professional contract, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the young striker, who turns 17 on Saturday, has settled the terms of a three-year deal with the Merseyside giants.
It is said he will put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will run until 2019.
This is the longest contract a scholar is allowed to sign under FA regulations and is a clear signal of Liverpool’s faith in Woodburn’s potential.
Woodburn, who has been on the club’s books for nearly a decade, has long been touted as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the club’s Kirkby Academy.
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The Wales youth international was promoted to Jurgen Klopp’s senior set-up for the early stages of pre-season and showcased his dazzling potential with goals in friendlies against both Fleetwood and Wigan.
His composure was just as eye-catching as his natural ability with the ball at his feet.
The Cheshire-born attacker has already netted six goals for Michael Beale’s Under-23s squad so far this season.
“Ben is very level-headed,” Academy director Alex Inglethorpe said in August. “He has been here since the age of seven or eight. There’s a long way to go but the fact that the boss already knows his name is a really big thing. That’s what you want as a young player – to catch the manager’s eye and for him to ask who you are and include you in some games.”