Michael Owen: This is what is perfect about Liverpool sensation Woodburn
By Will Butcher
Michael Owen believes Ben Woodburn’s record-breaking goal for Liverpool is “only the start” as he predicted big things for the teen sensation.
Owen believes the youngster is fortunate in having the “perfect” manager in Jurgen Klopp to develop his game and bring him through the ranks.
At just 17 years and 45 days old, Woodburn scored against Leeds on Tuesday night to secure a 2-0 win, simultaneously breaking Owen’s record as Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer.
Speaking to the Premier League’s official website, Owen revealed his delight at seeing youngster Woodburn score for the Merseyside giants.
“It’s really nice to see Woodburn score,” Owen said. “When the ball hits the back of the net at the Kop end, it makes all those years of practice worth it. This is only the start for Woodburn.
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“He’s got to focus on having a major career. He’s with a perfect manager in Klopp, who has showed his interest in the youth academy. Academy staff have claimed he is the one to watch for quite some time.”
Owen, who also played for the likes of Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United during his career, had previously held the record by finding the net in 1997 against Wimbledon aged 17 years and 143 days.
But Woodburn was in the perfect position as teammate Georginio Wijnaldum teed him up, driving the ball past Italian Marco Silvestri from close range in the EFL Cup quarter final to break Owen’s record.
Striker Woodburn could now be given an extended run in Liverpool’s first team, with Danny Ings and Philippe Coutinho sidelined through injury.
The Merseyside giants face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Sunday, with the chance of leapfrogging Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Three points could see Jurgen Klopp’s side go two points clear, if Antonio Conte’s Chelsea lose to Manchester City in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off.
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