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Ben Woodburn Optimistic at Oxford Start Despite Injury

The Liverpool youngster is set to be out until the New Year.

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Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer, Ben Woodburn celebrated his 20th birthday on Monday. The academy youngster is currently on loan with Oxford United in League One. He’d earned 10 starts in the season, scoring one goal and assisting four others, before unfortunately picking up an injury that is set to keep him out of the team until after the New Year.

Woodburn remains optimistic about his loan spell and the things that he can learn with his temporary club.

“I have learned so much at Oxford this season, knowing I am able to play 90 minutes and keep fighting for the team. I have taken a lot of kicks and heavy tackles and shown I’m not lightweight,” he said.

“I feel like I have had so much experience and yet I am still only young and learning. Watching someone like Serge Gnabry develop is a big help.

“I saw his four goals for Bayern Munich against Tottenham in the Champions League. When he was 20, he couldn’t get a game on loan at West Brom. He has shown you can push through if you keep working hard and hopefully I can do something like he’s done.”

Regarding his future, Woodburn still hopes to earn his way into Klopp’s Liverpool side.

“I think my eyes are always going to be set on playing at Liverpool,” he admitted. “That is my main goal, that is who I grew up supporting and have been for years.

“Harry Wilson did well at Derby last season and is on loan at Bournemouth now, he’s a couple of years older than me.

“A lot of managers look at who is trustworthy, who has games under their belt and that’s what I am aiming for with Oxford this season. If I am back in the Liverpool squad, I have to show everyone I am ready.”

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