Michael Owen reacts to Woodburn breaking his Liverpool record
By Amir Mir
Michael Owen congratulated Ben Woodburn on Twitter after he became the youngest player to score for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Leeds in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old winger broke Owen’s 19-year-old club record when he came off the bench to help his side progress through to the semi-finals at Anfield.
Former England international Owen, who scored on his debut for the Merseyside club in 1997, saw Woodburn become the youngest scorer for the club at the age of 17 years and 45 days.
The Wales Under-19 international had doubled the Reds lead against the Championship club in the 81st minute, with striker Divock Origi opening the scoring just five minutes earlier.
Anfield academy product Owen, who represented Liverpool’s senior team for eight years, posted this message on his personal Twitter account after Woodburn’s feat.
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— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 29, 2016
Former Manchester United striker Owen had previously held the record after scoring against Wimbledon aged 17 years and 143 days. But Woodburn, who is 98 days younger than Owen was, now holds the record.
Prior to the game, Woodburn had only represented Jurgen Klopp’s side on one occasion, making a brief substitute appearance in the Premier League against Sunderland on Saturday.
Additionally, in the lower ranks, he has made ten appearances in Premier League 2, scoring five goals and providing the same number of assists.
Nonetheless, the result for the Anfield club means they will either meet Hull, Manchester United, West Ham, Arsenal or Southampton in the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Klopp was beaten in the final of the very same competition last season when he was edged out by Manchester City at Wembley during his first season in charge at the club.
In other Liverpool team news, Ben Woodburn expressed his delight on Twitter after breaking club record.