Alex Rogers looks at the Brilliant breakout season that Ben Woodburn had last term.
You’d be forgiven if you said you didn’t know who Ben Woodburn was last season, but after his breakout season with stints in the first team, there are not many Liverpool fans who don’t know who this young man is.
With Ben Woodburn being a regular on the bench for the senior team at the tender age of 17, it’s clear that Klopp sees the potential that he possesses. In fact, I think anyone that has any knowledge of football at all can see that Woodburn has a bright future ahead of him and this season only confirms that.
The Welshman has also been a big part of the U23s this season and has some great stats even though he’s only played 15 games for them. However, that’s not stopped him from bagging himself eight goals and six assists. That’s just under one goal contribution a game. Not bad at all.
As well as his impressive performances in the U23s, Woodburn also wrote himself into Liverpool history by breaking a record that probably won’t be broken again for a very long time. Woodburn became the youngest ever goal scorer for Liverpool at 17 years and 45 days, breaking the previous record held by the infamous Michael Owen by 98 days. As well as that impressive feat, he also became the third youngest player to represent Liverpool at senior level.
Ben also made his Premier League debut against Sunderland. However, it was from off the bench in the 92nd minute, but still impressive for his age. He went on to make four more Premier League appearances.
There was a lot of talk that Ben could’ve won the Young Player of the Season award for Liverpool but unfortunately he lost out the also very talented Trent Alexander-Arnold. But he did win the also very prestigious Academy Player of the Season which is a fantastic achievement. He also was nominated for Premier League 2 Player of the Season alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Woodburn has definitely made himself a name as someone that could be very special in the next few years. He’s not only caught the eye of Liverpool fans, but also the eye of the Wales national team, getting himself called up for a World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. At age 17 that is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
Next season Ben Woodburn is definitely one to keep an eye on. He’s already a fantastic prospect and he’s only going to get better.