Ben Woodburn gets one final chance with Liverpool as he prepares to join Hearts on loan. The 21-year-old was once an ‘outstanding’ prospect.
The Edinburgh Evening News claims Ben Woodburn is set to join Hearts. He’s agreed terms with the club and will play there until at least January.
Things aren’t clear beyond that. Woodburn may remain with Hearts if all three parties agree but they may not.
What is for sure, though, is that Liverpool are giving the player one final chance with this deal. Woodburn can still build a Reds career.
Ben Woodburn to join Hearts
Woodburn is an interesting player, to say the least. He looked like a future Liverpool star at one point and Jurgen Klopp labelled him ‘outstanding’ as recently as 2019.
But things haven’t worked out. Woodburn was unable to force his way into Liverpool’s squad as Trent Alexander-Arnold did – the two came through together. The midfielder then struggled out on several loans, which was always going to make an Anfield career tougher to achieve.
So there’s clearly a chance that Woodburn builds something on Merseyside but time really isn’t in his favour.
Woodburn’s contract expires in 2022, meaning this is really the final 12 months in which he can earn a new one. And that’s what makes the six-month contract interesting.
Liverpool can effectively make sure that Woodburn gets the season he needs in order to prove himself. Perhaps that’s merely letting him spend another six with Hearts.
Or maybe Liverpool decide to loan him elsewhere if he shines – they can test him out at a Championship club, perhaps.
Then there’s the chance of a return. Liverpool have several question marks in their team, after all. There are players who haven’t proven themselves, youngsters, and injury concerns.
Maybe things open up enough that Liverpool could use Woodburn in some capacity over the second half of the season. It seems like a long-shot but the Reds are leaving the door open.
So let’s wait and see. Woodburn faces an uphill battle to earn a new contract but that’s more than we saw a few months ago.