Yesterday, it was announced that Liverpool’s youngest ever first-team goalscorer Ben Woodburn had been called up to Chris Coleman’s full Welsh squad for the upcoming internationals.
He’s not been a regular for us by any means, but has done enough in his limited minutes to earn the chance to win a full cap alongside the likes of Gareth Bale.
Jurgen Klopp was asked during today’s press-conference (ahead of Sunday’s Manchester City game) if he approves of the selection.
Liverpool’s manager gave a coy answer but couldn’t help drop the fact he’d prefer if the playmaker had been given some more time to develop.
“Ben is happy about it so I am happy about it,” Klopp began (cited in the Echo).
“Should it be now? I would say probably not, but it’s not a problem.
“Ben is a wonderful kid, he can deal with it. Now there are two managers who have to make sure that he develops in the right way. Now we can share it.”
Woodburn’s talent is tremendous, and providing things go to plan, he could be a Wales regular for many years.
But Harry Wilson was called up in 2013 and hasn’t played since. In fact, Liverpool’s Under-23 captain still hasn’t become a first-team player for us, four years after an international call-up…
Hopefully, Woodburn can continue his current rate of development. He came on for Coutinho for thirty minutes against Burnley at the weekend and may feature again away to Manchester City.