What a time to be alive for young Ben Woodburn. The 17-year-old announced himself to Liverpool Country last year when he became the youngest player ever to score for the Reds, displacing Michael Owen in the record books. And most recently, he did the same on the international stage, helping Wales secure vital World Cup qualifier wins with a goal and an assist in his first two matches.
No matter how much Jürgen Klopp tries to manage this hype train, it appears to have already left the station, and is picking up steam in a hurry.
Ben Woodburn set to sign new deal at Liverpool when he turns 18 next month— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) September 7, 2017
Putting the hype to the side for a moment, there is business to attend to. The youngster turns 18 on October 15th, and Liverpool are reportedly offering Woodburn a 5-year deal to remain on Merseyside. And Paul Joyce is reporting that Woodburn will sign said deal.
It is unlikely that Woodburn gets too many opportunities to prove himself at the senior level this season, spare for a few domestic cup run-outs. But this deal can only be good for the long-term health of the club, and for the long-term development of the player.
While we have all seen The Next Big Thing™ come and go countless times over the years, Woodburn appears very close to taking that next step, and sooner rather than later. He might not play a major part in the Champions League or Premier League campaigns, but he’s playing for a manager who will help his development, and reward hard work with playing time, when the time comes.
Now, get Emre Can to sign a new deal, and let’s win everything.