Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn is closing in on a loan move to Blackpool and a potential reunion with former U23 team manager Neil Critchley, claim Goal.

It has been reported that Woodburn – described as “an outstanding talent” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports in January 2019 – is set to return to League One following a spell with Oxford United last season.

Woodburn, 21, was on the verge of a move to Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam last month, however, a deal has since stalled and League One outfit Blackpool are set to swoop.

Wigan Athletic v Liverpool U21 - EFL Trophy

WIGAN, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Ben Woodburn of Liverpool U21s in action during the EFL Trophy Northern Group D match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool U21s at the DW Stadium on September 22, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

Both clubs are reported to be in talks regarding a potential loan deal for the young midfielder who spent the 2019/20 campaign in the same division following his time with Oxford United.

Negotiations are still at a formative stage, but Blackpool remain confident that a deal can be struck before the EFL transfer window closes today at 17:00 GMT.

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Woodburn was set to benefit from a move abroad amid serious interest from Sparta Rotterdam with Pep Lijnders a key influence in the move believing that the Eredivisie would be the perfect platform to suit the player’s style of play.

He has been a regular feature under Barry Lewtas and Liverpool’s under-23 side so far this season. He was named captain of the young Reds in all three of their Premier League 2 fixtures and most recently scored in the 5-3 win over Manchester United in September.

Capped 10 times for Wales, Woodburn has struggled with a number of injury setbacks in the past, and made only 16 appearances for Oxford playing a part for the club en route to the play-off semi-finals.

Prior to his time with Oxford, Woodburn endured a short-lived spell with Chris Wilder at then-Championship side Sheffield United clocking up just eight appearances.

Woodburn made his Liverpool debut as a 17-year-old in November 2016 and three days later became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer after he netted during a 2-0 League Cup win over Leeds United – a match that also saw a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold make his first Reds appearance.

However, he hasn’t featured under Jurgen Klopp in over two years with his last appearance occurring in May 2018 following a six-minute cameo during a 4-0 win against Brighton.

Liverpool v Everton: Premier League 2 - Ben Woodburn

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 13: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ben Woodburn of Liverpool and Josh Bowler of Everton in action during the PL2 match at The Kirkby Academy on September 13, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Hopefully, Woodburn can finally get clarity on his future during a turbulent summer that has seen a number of moves break down.

First club officials were told he had secured a loan move to Sparta Rotterdam and then nothing happened, still, Woodburn got his head down and carried on turning out performances for the U23s.

Then we were told that Hull were stealing a late charge on him, only for the manager Grant McCann to rubbish such reports days later.

We pray that someone takes a chance on a young player who has bags of potential and needs to be getting regular first-team football to realise that potential.

With the deadline approaching the club seem to have found a perfect solution by reuniting Woodburn with someone who will know better than most just how deadly he be when given an opportunity.

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