Liverpool love a wonderkid. Ben Woodburn at one point was the wonderkid for the modern day, just like Jordan Rossiter before him. The Welsh winger became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer when he netted against Leeds United in 2016, aged just 17 years and 45 days old. Since his record breaking moment he has struggled to break into the first team. Woodburn was loaned out to Sheffield United last season but this spell was cut short by a foot injury. The Welshman is now plying his trade at Oxford United, on loan for the season. The winger still has hopes of making it at Liverpool, Ben Woodburn has cited Serge Gnabry as his inspiration.
Serge Gnabry began his professional career at Arsenal. The German winger had a fruitless loan spell at West Brom before Arsenal sold him to Werder Bremen for a reported £5m in 2016, the following season he was signed by Bayern Munich for €8m. Since breaking into the first team at Bayern he has been a revelation. The electric winger recently scored 4 goals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Munich demolished Spurs 7-2 in the Champions League.
Speaking about dealing with 15 minutes of football fame being followed up with wallowing in the reserves, Woodburn told the Mail Online “I am still only young and learning. Watching someone like Serge Gnabry develop is a big help”. The winger is currently back at Liverpool recovering from a broken foot before he returns to Oxford United.
It is encouraging that such a bright talent hasn’t given up on his dream of playing for the Reds. Ben Woodburn citing Gnabry as his inspiration makes sense; it took a failed loan at West Brom, a brief spell at Bremen and a loan at Hoffenheim before the German forward became the player he is. The former Arsenal player is 4 years older than Woodburn, our Welsh wizard has plenty of time to flourish.