Liverpool line up lucrative deal for attacker in form of his life - report
By Derek Smithson
Liverpool are set to offer in-form attacker Ben Woodburn a new contract next month, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the 17-year-old will be rewarded in October on his 18th birthday with a new “lucrative deal” at Anfield.
It is understood the left winger only signed a three-year deal last year, but will become eligible for a five-year deal when he turns 18 on 15 October.
The report details that Jurgen Klopp’s side are set to show their faith in the youngster and tie him down to a long-term deal.
Woodburn enjoyed a dream time during the international break as he made his senior debut for Wales in their two World Cup qualifiers.
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The teenager scored a late winner off the bench against Austria with a stunning long-range striker to become an instant Wales favourite, before picking up an assist in a 2-0 victory against Moldova.
He made a seamless transition up to international level and his time in Wales’ youth teams may have helped.
Woodburn is a product of the Liverpool academy and will now be looking to make an impact for his club side.
The attacker has made nine senior appearances for the Reds during his short career, but is yet to be involved in a match day squad this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Woodburn appears to have all the tools to be the next breakout star at Anfield and a new improved contract is a sign of faith from the Merseyside club. The attacker has good pace and trickery, while also showing that he an eye for goal. He has the temperament to make the jump up to senior level for Liverpool, but will need to be patient as he competes alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the starting line-up. Liverpool could now look to use Woodburn more frequently and he should get a good run out during their European and domestic competitions. It’s imperative Woodburn makes the most of any chances he gets and Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford is a great example of someone forcing their way into a senior starting XI.
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