Is Ben Woodburn ready to prove himself at Liverpool?
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Is Ben Woodburn ready to prove himself at Liverpool?

While there is plenty for Liverpool supporters to flaunt over internally in the squad, they are a number of talented options that will soon be returning from their recent loan spells.

Whether it is Harry Wilson or Marko Grujic, much is uncertain regarding whether their long-term prospects will remain on Merseyside.

One youngster who is expected to make an imminent return is academy graduate and talented forward Ben Woodburn.

The 20-year-old recently concluded his loan spell with Oxford United after the League One outfit lost their all-important play-off final match against Wycombe Wanderers.

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Is he ready to shine under Klopp?

Woodburn – who earns £12k-a-week according to Spotrac – clocked up just 16 appearances during his time in central southern England after his season was largely plagued due to a fractured foot sustained in October 2019.

The global pandemic enabled time for recovery and Woodburn returned to the first team to help aid towards a Championship push but fell just short at the final hurdle.

Woodburn is expected to return to Liverpool and will likely return to train for the first-team while his future is assessed by both of the Reds’ management staff and Woodburn himself.

Looking at the players ahead of him in the pecking order, the most viable and likely option for Woodburn would mean another loan spell.

Despite missing out on the Championship via the play-offs, Woodburn could potentially look to make the grade in England’s second-tier similarly to Wilson before thinking about making it at Liverpool.

LINCOLN, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Ben Woodburn of Oxford United during the Sky Bet League One match between Lincoln City and Oxford United at Sincil Bank Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Lincoln, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

What next?

Woodburn had his chance in the Championship last season with Chris Wilder and Sheffield United but was limited to just eight appearances and rarely made the squad towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

With already 10 appearances for the Wales national team, Woodburn will be a prospect that Liverpool will not want to part ways with to hastily so the club may look to bide their time before making a decision on the player’s future.

Predominantly an attacking midfielder or a forward option, Woodburn attracted a lot of attention after scoring for the Reds during a League Cup fixture with Leeds United in 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was the other youngster on the teamsheet that night.

And therein lies the likely reason for Woodburn to be subject to another loan spell. He is good enough to play regular first-team football now. And a lucky club will soon benefit from that.

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