Ben Woodburn shall no longer be referred to as Ben Woodburn…
But as ‘The Prince of Wales’!
Jurgen Klopp took time to praise our 17-year-old yesterday during his press-conference, following Woodburn’s superb cameos during the international break.
The teenager scored against Austria and assisted versus Moldova to give Wales a realistic chance of World Cup qualification via the Play-Offs.
According to the boss though, Woodburn’s new moniker doesn’t sit too well with the player!
“I heard someone say ‘The Prince of Wales’ – I love it! I said it twice this morning… I’m not sure that he loves it too much!” Klopp told Sky Sports.
Liverpool’s boss went on to discuss the attacker’s development and why he’s at the perfect club to maximise his otherworldly potential.
“I think he is in the best hands here at Liverpool. We will do the right thing – he will play youth, he will play U23s, he will play first-team football. The main message is he needs to play football. He trains with us always and then we will decide each weekend where he can play,” the boss continued.
“Our target is that we have him in the first-team because we like him, we see his quality and that’s the main thing. But for us it’s not too important if it’s tomorrow or in a year, it’s just important that we can use him then. That’s what we try to prepare.”
We don’t expect Woodburn to feature against City this weekend, but he could definitely play the League Cup game against Leicester coming up. He may also get a regular spot on the bench, although with a largely fit squad and the arrival of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – we’re spoilt for choice right now.