Jurgen Klopp labelled Liverpool’s teenage attacker Ben Woodburn ‘wonderful’ during today’s press-conference ahead of the Leeds United clash on Tuesday night.
Gary Monk is bringing a team to Anfield to compete in the EFL Cup quarter-final, but with Liverpool battling for the Premier League this campaign, we’re expected to pick an altered XI – even if the Championship side do not.
One of the players who’s been discussed as a potential option for tomorrow is Ben Woodburn, who was given a debut by Klopp against Sunderland on Saturday. He’s only recently turned 17, but has been sensational for the Under-23s this term and is rated as one of the most promising youngsters to emerge from our Academy in many a season.
Klopp though is not sure if he’ll bring him in, although with Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino all out of action, there could well be an opportunity for the youngster to impress.
“I’m not sure how ready is. Ben is a wonderful boy, I have seen a lot of very positive signs and not only from him but others as well,” Klopp said.
“I have no idea [who’ll play]. We will see. I really have no idea what the team is! We don’t want to rest someone who doesn’t need a rest.”
While it’s touch and go whether Woodburn will get the nod, we’re pretty sure his slightly older Under-23 team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria will – as they did last time out against Tottenham.
Whether Woodburn appears from the beginning or the bench, the fact he’s in contention at all is testament to his otherworldly talent.