Ben Woodburn returned to Liverpool earlier this week after a disappointing loan spell in League One and now might be the right time for the Reds to cash in on the 21-year-old.
The youngster has excelled in Liverpool’s U23 in the past, contributing 13 goals and 11 assists in just 36 appearances but after another failed loan spell away, it seems clear that he isn’t going to make it at the Merseyside club.
Woodburn has been spent time on loan with Sheffield United, Oxford United and Blackpool in recent seasons but has just one goal in a combined 35 appearances away from Liverpool.
Much was expected of the Welshman when he became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer in 2016, scoring in a 2-0 League Cup win against Leeds United, breaking Michael Owen’s record in the process.
The Liverpool man’s reputation grew further after he scored an excellent goal on his international debut for Wales when he was just a teenager, with several media outlets prematurely dubbing him ‘the next Gareth Bale‘.
He has made 11 appearances for the Reds’ first-team in his career, but the last came in the 2016/17 season and considering his disappointing form in the Championship and League One since then, it seems unlikely that he will be making any more appearances for Liverpool anytime soon.
After his goal against Leeds, Jurgen Klopp warned that Woodburn would be talked up too much by the media and that certainly seems to be the case, as unfortunately, it looks as if he has been massively overhyped by both the media and fans.
Back in 2019, when Rangers were linked with signing the Welsh international, Steven Gerrard had this to say:
“He does need to play football matches and if at the right time he’s available we’ll use him and we’ll enjoy him, because he’s a fantastic footballer.”
However, after his latest loan disaster with Blackpool, this month could be the right time to cash in on Woodburn and end his 14-year association with the club, with the 21-year-old having joined Liverpool’s academy when he was just seven.
AND, in other news, Klopp can sign his next Coutinho at LFC in 26 y/o who scores and assists…