Liverpool starlet: I’ll play in any team I can

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 05: l25 celebrates scoring their teams second goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Aviva Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 05: l25 celebrates scoring their teams second goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Aviva Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) /
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Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn has said that he’ll play in any team he can between now and the end of the season.

Woodburn wasn’t sent out on loan in January, unlike the cohort of talented youngsters who were given an opportunity to improve their games at Championship sides.

Marko Grujic was sent to Cardiff City, Harry Wilson headed to Humberside and Hull City, Ovie Ejaria ended up with relegation threatened Sunderland. But Woodburn stayed at home.

That has left the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in limbo. He’s too good for the U18 or U23 sides, but not good enough for the senior squad.

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Manager Jurgen Klopp must have a plan mapped out for the Welsh international, who has only made one senior appearance this term.

And that’s left Woodburn eager for game time – something that means the attacker is willing to play for any side throughout the Liverpool setup.

“Obviously every player wants to play football but at the minute I think it’s just to play in any team I can do, whether U19s, first team or U23s,” Liverpoolfc.com reported that he said.

“I think it’s just right that I play everywhere,” continued the forward. “Hopefully I’ll get a few more minutes with the first team but also try to win the Youth League and try to win the U23s league as well.”

After bursting onto the scene in 2017 thanks to two thunderous appearances for his national side, bigger things were expected of the youngster for this current season.

But with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane blocking his way into the senior squad, the Welshman found his opportunities limited. Perhaps now Coutinho is gone, Woodburn will get more of a look in when fixture congestion becomes a problem.

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If this is the case, then the decision Klopp made to keep him at the club will have been a good one. If not, fans could be looking back at it as a season that did little to advance the talent of such a bright future star.