Jurgen Klopp has asked Ben Woodburn to wait before his loan to Hearts, according to reports. The youngster has an agreement with the Scottish side.
This comes from the Scotsman. They claim Jurgen Klopp personally pulled Ben Woodburn aside after training this week and asked him to wait on his loan to Hearts.
Woodburn has already agreed to move to Edinburgh and was expected to have left by now. The deal is reportedly until January, at which point the three parties will discuss future plans.
But Klopp wants Woodburn to wait. Not much longer, admittedly, but until the end of the window. That would allow Liverpool to use the player in August.
The Reds face both Burnley and Chelsea before the window closes. Woodburn would likely sit on the bench for the game, much as he did against Norwich City.
There is a solid chance he plays, though. Liverpool are supposedly far higher on Woodburn than anyone thought.
Woodburn to wait on Hearts loan
The Athletic claims that Pep Lijnders pushed for Woodburn to stay this season. The 21-year-old is apparently an incredibly hard worker who visibly raises the intensity in training.
That alone would be enough for Liverpool to want him around. But Woodburn is also undoubtedly a naturally gifted player.
As we outlined here, he’s someone with both talent and versatility. It makes him a wonderful squad option, assuming Woodburn continues to improve over the next few years.
Thus there is a chance that Liverpool find some use for him over the next two games. It seems more likely against Burnley than Chelsea, admittedly, but Klopp seems to want him around for both.
It’s a telling request, given where Woodburn’s career seemed to be, and one that suggests this story is far from over.