Ben Woodburn has emerged an exciting talent and unique footballing commodity at Liverpool over the past year but still lives a similar life to every other 17-year-old boy when away from football.
The teenager has shared the story of what he did after finding the net in the EFL Cup against Leeds at Anfield to break Michael Owen’s record and become the club’s youngest ever goal scorer.
“I just went home with my family and went to a mate’s house to play a bit of FIFA, I was trying to re-enact that goal!” Woodburn told the Liverpool Echo.
He also revealed how he gave the shirt he wore on that night to his parents as a special present to thank them for helping him get to where he is.
“It’s in the wardrobe at home. It’s not framed yet. That’s down to my mum! It’s a gift to my parents for all the support they have given me over the past 10 years. I need to give a bit back to them,” he added.
“There’s no point getting too excited. I’ve not really done much yet. I’ve still got a long way to go. I want to carry on developing and playing my best and see where it takes me.”
Woodburn has posed as a leading figure in a group of highly regarded upcoming prospects from the club’s youth system.
Both he and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold have been well protected by Jurgen Klopp, who has strived to diffuse hype surrounding them to ensure they have the freedom to develop without coming under pressure.
There is a notable excitement amongst Reds surrounding what Woodburn could go on to be capable of having seen him look a class above for the U23s this season and, as a result, feature for the first team on more than one occasion.
Supporters can expect to see even more from the forward next year.