It’s nice to hear Reds legends talk up the up-and-coming talent in the cold, dark months of No League Football. It’s particularly nice when the Reds legend in question is a proud product of the Academy himself and really just wants to talk about the youth.
Ben Woodburn is an excellent candidate for some Robbie Fowler gushing, especially after becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer after a lovely effort against Leeds in the League Cup earlier this season.
“I was there when he made his debut and getting that goal (against Leeds) was brilliant for the lad,” Fowler told the Echo this week. “He probably deserves to be in and around the team because of his performances for the youth teams.”
Woodburn has had nine call-ups to the first team this season, and has been growing fast under Klopp’s tutelage.
“Jürgen Klopp has been fantastic with him,” Fowler added. “He has had him on the periphery of the first team a good few times, but it doesn’t stop there. [Woodburn] knows that he’s got a lot of hard work to do. And under the tuition of Jürgen and a few of the older boys in the team — he’ll be getting advice every day off Jordan Henderson, who is the captain — and all of Jürgen’s staff as well.”
The obvious next step for Woodburn now is making his way onto the first team with some regularity. Fowler doesn’t believe this will be a problem for the seventeen-year-old, but he doesn’t believe it’s going to happen overnight.
“The lad is a good player. He is definitely going the right way. He definitely is one to watch out for in the next season or two.”