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Klopp: Update on Woodburn loan situation

He's long had a big reputation as one of the most promising young players to ever come out of the LFC academy but Ben Woodburn has found few minutes, either at Anfield or away on loan in the past couple of seasons.

The 19 year old was, at first, fast-tracked into training with the senior squad at the age of 16 and made his first-team debut at just 17 years and 42 days. Coming off the bench at 45 days past his 17th birthday, to score against Leeds United in the then EFL Cup.

Despite excelling at U19 and U23 level, Woodburn has since failed to take any of his first-team opportunities and his loan spell earlier this season at Sheffield United was far from a roaring success.

For many, Woodburn is already consigned to the youth football scrapheap, despite his tender years. That fact is just further testament to the fact that he's been a name on Liverpool fan's lips for the past 3 seasons.

But if he is to go back out on loan, his manager will need him to be getting much more first-team football.

Speaking to, Klopp said: "Ben Woodburn is an outstanding talent, still pretty much a kid, and I am happy to see him here, running around, completely fit and really settled in the squad.

"In the summer, I think he lost a bit of patience and it was really long he was already with us."

The youngster has a bit reputation and it's likely that that weight of expectation at such a young age has stunted his progression.

Klopp has Woodburn back in training now, though and is keen for him to pick up where he left off, with a view to going back on loan. He continued: "Now he trained [on Friday] for the first time so I think if something happens with a loan, then it will happen at the end of the week.

"We will really try to give him as many sessions as possible so if he goes somewhere, he is really in a good situation."

Woodburn needs minutes if he's loaned out again, say Jurgen

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