Ben Woodburn beating Michael Owen’s record by becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer was undoubtedly one of the most memorable moments for this club in 2016.
Everyone was on the edge of their seat waiting to leap with joy as Georginio Wijnaldum swept the ball across into the path of the teenager in November’s cup win against Leeds.
The ball just had to be smashed into the net and that’s exactly what he did. An unforgettable moment that sparked wild celebrations around Anfield. In an instant, Woodburn became the local hero that Liverpool fans have been waiting to cheer for.
Reflecting on that special night himself, Woodburn told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was unbelievable when it happened. I didn’t even know how to celebrate, I just went mad. It was crazy.”
“I just knew I was going to smash it and try to finish it off. Then it went in and I just went mad. It was a side-foot as well, but I tried to put as much power as I could on it. Luckily, it went straight in.”
“It’s almost every lad’s dream. When I was a kid, that’s all I used to dream about – and then it came true.”
It was far from the most spectacular goal that he will ever score in his career but it was the kind of finish that saw time stop as the ball fell to him just waiting to be hit. The passion and the energy in his celebrations was enough to immediately make him a fan favourite.
We expect he will get his chance to shine again on Sunday when Anfield plays stage to Liverpool’s FA Cup third round tie against Plymouth Argyle.