Liverpool have been in news all summer roping in several high-profile names but are now trimming down the squad offloading their fringe players as well as considering loan moves for club’s future prospects. Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Ovie Ejaria, Taiwo Awoniyi and Allan – all have been sent out on temporary terms and Welsh wonderkid Ben Woodburn has now joined the list after closing in on a season-long move to Championship outfit Sheffield United.
Woodburn, 18, has been in club’s academy ranks for more than a decade and became their youngest ever scorer beating Michael Owen’s record when he netted against Leeds United in an EFL Cup tie. The Welshman made 11 senior appearances over past two seasons but is now eyeing regular minutes to flourish further.
There were understandably multiple suitors to buy the winger’s services, however, a move to Sheffield United has been sanctioned over Aston Villa and Wigan due to their exciting brand of football and assured game-time under Chris Wilder. Klopp rates Woodburn quite highly and handed him ample of minutes in Reds pre-season campaign so far. He, however, has not been included in their camp in Evian, France with an official announcement imminent.
The teenager, predominantly a wide attacker, has been deployed in a central attacking role by Klopp and his versatility will be a significant boost for the Blades while chasing a Premier League promotion. Although represented his nation in several youth ranks from a very young age, Woodburn has already made 7 senior appearances scoring a spectacular winner on his debut against Austria from 25-yard out, therefore, becoming Wales’ second-youngest-ever goalscorer behind Gareth Bale. Woodburn was also linked to a move out back in winter for exposure but was retained by the gaffer to ensure squad depth following Philippe Coutinho’s departure. The summer signings, however, have increased depth as well as quality to compete for silverware and sanctioning a loan move for Woodburn is beneficial for all parties involved.