Liverpool ready to recall starlet from disappointing loan spell

Date published: Tuesday 20th November 2018 11:31

Liverpool will consider recalling Ben Woodburn from his loan spell at Sheffield United, according to a report.

The 19-year-old Woodburn, who became the Reds’ youngest-ever scorer when he netted in an EFL Cup win against Leeds aged 17 in November 2016, completed a season-long loan deal to the Blades in August.

His arrival was met with adulation from United boss Chris Wilder, who claimed: “Ben is a great signing for us, he is an exciting player with undoubted quality.”

However, things have not gone well for the Wales forward, who has made just one Championship start for the South Yorkshire side. He was subbed at half-time in the win over Norwich in August and he has since played just half an hour of first-team football.

Goal report that Jurgen Klopp will ponder recalling Woodburn in January, just as he did with Ryan Kent last season, who was struggling for game-time at Freiburg before being re-loaned to Bristol City in January.

The report claims that Wilder is not unhappy with Woodburn’s “work rate or attitude” but 33-year-old Mark Duffy has been keeping Woodburn out of the side with 12 Championship starts.

Liverpool “do have the option to recall Woodburn in January,” but no formal talks with the Blades have yet taken place.

Klopp and his staff are well aware of Woodburn’s struggles and recently brought him back to play for Liverpool’s Under-23 team in a Premier League 2 clash with Derby.

Woodburn, who did not make Wilder’s squad for their last game, has also had just 11 minutes of senior action for Wales this season, and Ryan Giggs claimed recently it was up to the Chester-born player to grab  his chance.

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“I’ve got no concerns regarding Ben’s quality, I’ve seen it in training in the last camp,” Giggs said.

“He’s just not getting regular game-time at the moment.

“Sometimes it works out on loan, sometimes it doesn’t – but this could be a good thing.

“When you go through difficult times, which he is at the moment, and you come through it, sometimes you are a better player and a better person.

“The quality is definitely there and it’s up to Ben to make the most of that. It’s only him that can do that.”

 

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