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Former Malpas school student Ben Woodburn becomes Liverpool FC's youngster ever goalscorer

Published date: 30 November 2016 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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FORMER Malpas student Ben Woodburn made history for Liverpool FC on Tuesday by becoming the club's youngster ever goalscorer.

The 17-year-old broke Michael Owen's record with his strike in Liverpool's 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Leeds at Anfield.

It is an incredible achievement for striker Ben, who grew up in Tattenhall and was once a student at Bishop Heber High School in Malpas.

The Liverpool academy graduate signed his first professional contract with the Reds earlier this month and, on Saturday, made his first-team debut in their victory over Sunderland.

The Chester-born striker, who has represented Wales at U19 and U17 level, has been tipped for a big future at the Premier League club.

However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to protect the youngster from any hype.

"We know how to handle the situation," said Klopp. "I can say whatever I want but if he scores goals it's difficult to stay cool from your (media) side, no problem.

"But nothing what we say here is important enough to help Ben Woodburn or myself.

"My first job is to help these boys be the best. There's a lot of things to do, especially to keep the public away as long as possible. That's quite a difficult thing to do.

"But we only bring him when we want to use him. That means when he is on the pitch he is absolutely allowed to score goals.

"I am really happy with him, the only problem is I am a little afraid about you (the press)."

Owen, who was at the match and witnessed Woodburn score in front of the Kop, was quick to pay his tribute.

"Another record taken from me!!! Congratulations @BenWoodburn on becoming the youngest ever scorer for @LFC at 17yrs and 45days. #KopEnd," he wrote on Twitter.

Facts about Ben Woodburn:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Current captain of Wales Under-17s.

  • See full story in the Whitchurch Herald

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