Liverpool set to reject Euro club's bid for attacker - report
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool are set to reject a loan bid from Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96 for attacker Ben Woodburn, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that the European club are showing an interest in taking the 17-year-old left-winger and teammate Ryan Kent away from Anfield temporarily after their impressive showings in pre-season.
However, the Reds are also said to be reluctant to allow Woodburn a move abroad as they want to keep a close eye on his development.
Woodburn has already made nine appearances for the Liverpool senior team in his so far short career and he became the club’s youngest ever scorer when he bagged against Leeds at just 17 years and 45 days in the League Cup last season.
He was also named the club’s academy player of the season in the last campaign and is considered to be a player of much potential in the Reds’ youth ranks and still has two years remaining on his contract at the club.
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Football Insider verdict:
There has often been criticism aimed at youngsters in recent years for not moving out of their comfort zone to another country like Germany where they will be able to experience a new lifestyle and a different brand of football. It is also slightly strange that Liverpool would not allow a bright prospect to do so, rather than staying in England, unless they have plans to hand him further first team appearances in the next campaign. The Wales Under-19 international could be a big player for the Reds in the future and the decision on the next stage of his progression could prove pivotal to his overall career.
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