Ben Woodburn is the latest name on Liverpool’s fans’ lips after he stepped off the bench to become their youngest-ever goalscorer on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old broke Michael Owen’s record as Liverpool’s youngest goalscorer with his strike in the 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Leeds.
Jurgen Klopp has vowed to protect the youngster from media hype and while he may find that near-on impossible, here are some facts about Liverpool’s latest hero.
- Born in Chester and comes from the village of Tattenhall, eight miles south of the city.
- Joined Liverpool’s academy at under-7 level.
- Educated at Bishop Heber High School in Cheshire before moving to Rainhill High School, which is Liverpool academy’s official education centre.
- Made his under-18s debut during the 2015-16 season aged just 15 and ended the campaign as joint top scorer.
- Had his first experience with Jurgen Klopp’s senior team in the 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Tranmere on July 8.
- Scored his first goal in a Reds shirt in the 5-0 friendly win at Fleetwood on July 13, finding the target again against Wigan a few days later.
- Signed his first professional contract on November 8 – on the same day as fellow academy graduate Trent Alexander-Armstrong.
- Named in a Liverpool squad for the first time for the win over Sunderland on November 26, coming off the bench in added time for the briefest of debuts.
- Woodburn is the second-youngest debutant in the history of the Premier League, behind former Liverpool academy star Jack Robinson, who is now at QPR.
- Current captain of Wales Under-17s.