Report: 22-year-old player now training with new club after Liverpool fail to offer new contract
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Report: 22-year-old player now training with new club after Liverpool fail to offer new contract

Ben Woodburn is training with Preston North End after finally being released by Liverpool.

According to The Daily Mail, the 22-year-old has agreed a two-week trial with the Championship club.

The trial will reportedly be used as a way to maintain Woodburn’s fitness ahead of joining a new team. Over the fortnight, he’s also said to be hoping to impress Preston manager Ryan Lowe.

In any event, Woodburn will come without a transfer fee, having seen his contract expire at Liverpool.

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Time to regroup for Woodburn

It was ultimately a disappointing career at Liverpool for Woodburn. His story serves as a reminder that clubs shouldn’t expect too much from young players who burst onto the scene at sixteen or seventeen.

Some special players will be able to maintain their level with the first-team right from a very young age. Trent Alexander-Arnold, for example, has barely been out of the squad since his initial forays.

For others, the inevitable hype that comes with an early goal or good performance can be a real burden.

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In that sense, it’s good for Woodburn to finally begin to make his own name in football. Away from the pressure of being expected to make it at Liverpool, hopefully he can play with a little more freedom.

There’s clearly a player in there. Jurgen Klopp long remained a fan of Woodburn even after it became clear he wasn’t destined for a career at the top of the game.

If he can earn a move to a Championship club like Preston, there’s still reasonable hope that he could some day become a steady Premier League player.

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