Three sensations to soon be fixtures in Liverpool first team - Times
By Alex Stevens
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria will soon be fixtures in the Liverpool first team, according to a report.
The Times claim the three teenage sensations are all primed to progress from the Anfield academy to regulars in the senior set-up after their impressive displays in recent weeks.
Right-back Alexander-Arnold, 18, and attacking midfielder Ejaria, 19, both made their second starts for the club in Tuesday night’s 2-0 League Cup quarter-final win over Leeds.
Woodburn, 17, marked his second Liverpool appearance – both have come as a substitute – with a goal to break Michael Owen’s 19-year record and become the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history.
Alexander-Arnold also caught eye with a superb performance on the right flank and was dubbed “outstanding” by Anfield legend Jamie Carragher.
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The defender set up Divock Origi’s opener with a sensational whipped cross that was tucked into the net at the near post by the Belgian for this second goal in consecutive matches.
The Times report that Liverpool are keen to allow Woodburn to learn his trade away from the spotlight and his development will continue to be overseen by the academy for the time being.
Nevertheless, it is said that “soon enough he will be a fixture with the first team alongside Alexander-Arnold and Ejaria” and manager Jurgen Klopp will take full control of his destiny at the senior squad’s Melwood training headquarters.
Woodburn has made one league appearance, a feat matched by Ejaria, while Alexander-Arnold has yet to enter the pitch in the Premier League.
Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday for their next league assignment as they aim to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.
Klopp’s side are second in the table after winning nine of their 13 fixtures in the competition this season.
In other Liverpool news, the club have ramped up their pursuit of an attacker after being told that £25million will seal the deal.