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Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn keen to build on breakthrough season

Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn
admits his season has far exceeded
expectations but knows he has to work
harder if he is to maintain his rapid
progress.

The youth-team striker was catapulted
into the limelight when his goal against
Leeds in the EFL Cup in November made
him the club’s youngest scorer in its
history at the age of 17 years and 45
days.
That came just three days after his
Premier League debut and while his
first-team appearances – eight in all –
have become more infrequent in the last
couple of months he has still been
involved with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Woodburn has continued to play for the
under-23s and his performances were
rewarded with the academy player of the
year award at the club’s annual
presentation night.
“It means a lot to me because I’ve had a
hard season and I’ve been working all
season just to be my best and play my
best and hopefully it has shown,” he
said. “If someone had told me in August I’d be
winning this award I’d have bitten their
hand off.
“I think it has been a good season for me
and hopefully next season will be just as
good if not better.
“It is obviously different (moving up
from the under-23s) but the first team
made it so much easier because they are
so good with young kids they made it
normal.
“I’ve had a taste and like everyone would
do I just want as much as I can of it.”  Asked to pick one highlight, Woodburn
opted for his first – and so far only –
senior goal for the club.
“There have been a lot of good points in
my season but obviously that would be
the stand-out one because it was a
massive achievement,” he added.

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