Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn breaking records at 17, Klopp should field him in every match

There was one name that was on the lips of most Liverpool fans after tuesdays match with Leeds United; Woodburn; the 17-year-old came off the bench to put the game beyond Leeds United’s reach by scoring the second goal of the game.

And with that goal Ben Woodburn also became Liverpool youngest goal scorer at 17 years 45 days, displacing Michael Owen.

Divock Origi opened the scoring in the 76th minute from a cross provided by another youngster; Trent Alexander-Arnold. As expected questions were asked about Woodburn.

“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do,” Klopp said.

“My first job is to help these boys so that they can be the best – in this case, Ben Woodburn.

“There’s a lot of things to do, especially to keep the public away as long as possible.

“That’s quite a difficult thing to do. But on the other hand, we only bring him in because we want to use him.

“So that means when he’s on the pitch he’s absolutely allowed to score goals, to prepare situations, to make crosses – how Trent did, for example.

“So, all good. I’m really happy for him. The only problem is I’m a little bit afraid about you [the media].

“That’s why I’m so quiet on this. Think and do what you want, but don’t write anything – only ‘Goalscorer, Ben Woodburn.’ Done. Quite a challenge!”

Garry Monk, Leeds boss spoke well of his players who had some good chances of their own, with Kemar Roofe rattling the post when scores were still at 0-0.

“The only thing lacking was us taking one of quite a few opportunities, I think we had the best chances in the game,” he said.

“All it needed was a little bit more composure – that’s the only negative in the performance. Also a little bit of unluckiness as well, as Kemar’s shot deserved a goal.

“Overall I told the players I was gutted for them. As a performance for a team that’s very young and very inexperienced, these kind of nights can set a marker for yourself. That’s the spirit and the quality that you have to have if you want to be successful.

“We’re disappointed at this moment in time but I’m sure they will look back in the next day or so and realise they put on a very good performance.”

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