Ben Woodburn to leave in January; likely club named

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Jurgen Klopp has made 18-year-old youngster Ben Woodburn available for a January loan, reports the Daily Mail.

The Welsh international is Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer and a player hyped for eventual greatness, but this term, first-team opportunities have been hard to come by.

As a result, a temporary move to Sunderland looks likely, with their manager Chris Coleman having given the teenager his international debut for Wales before taking the Black Cats job.

Woodburn is a player of immense potential, but there’s no shame in being behind the likes of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in the pecking order.

Experienced internationals like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge have found game-time hard to come by this season, so Woodburn’s been reduced to a role with the U23s and occasionally the U19s when Steven Gerrard’s kids have competed in the UEFA Youth League.

The Championship is a feisty, physical league and Sunderland are not one of its better sides, so Woodburn faces a real challenge.

For six months before 2018/19 though, it could be exactly what he needs.

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