21-year-old back at Liverpool after another failed loan spell

Date published: Monday 18th January 2021 4:22

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Ben Woodburn’s Blackpool loan spell is over and the Wales youngster has returned to Liverpool.

Woodburn made only three Sky Bet League One starts for Blackpool and failed to score in his 11 appearances for the Seasiders.

The 21-year-old midfielder also contracted coronavirus during his disappointing time at Bloomfield Road.

“Blackpool Football Club can confirm that Ben Woodburn has now returned to Liverpool following the end of his loan agreement,” read a statement on the club website.

“The club would like to thank Ben for all his efforts in tangerine and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

Woodburn made his Liverpool debut in November 2016 and, in just his second appearance, became the club’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 45 days.

He scored against Leeds in the EFL Cup at Anfield to better Michael Owen’s record by 98 days.

Woodburn, who has also had loan spells at Oxford and Sheffield United, scored on his Wales debut against Austria in September 2017 and has won 10 caps, scoring twice.

His spell with Oxford last season ended prematurely when he fractured his foot.

The season before Woodburn joined the Blades in August, but made only one start and returned to Anfield in January 2019.

The Chester-born midfielder is under contract until June 2022, but his long-term future at Anfield looks far from certain.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara admits not converting their chances affects the players’ self-confidence and improvements have to be made.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had 66 per cent possession and 17 shots against arch-rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester United. However they managed just three on target in a goalless draw which saw them drop to fourth in the table.

The defending champions are on a three-match goalscoring drought in the league, which is their worst since March 2005.

And Thiago, making his first Anfield appearance said you could see it had an effect against United.

“When we didn’t realise (the chances) and didn’t make the goals, we’re just getting our self-confidence a bit down and that’s why the game changed,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“At the end, it’s football and in some minutes of the game you are in high emotions and sometimes you are low – it’s part of the game.

“Without winning, we are never satisfied. We made a superb first half, then the second half was 50-50.

“We are happy in some way with our performance – how we did in some moments of the game – but we have to do much better to be on top of the league.”

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