Liverpool’s Starlet Woodburn: “hopefully next season will be just as good, if not better”
Woodburn made the leap into Jurgen Klopp’s side with immediate impact, impressing in the Reds pre-season the 17-year-old has since signed his first professional contract, become the club’s youngest goal scorer, and has had his first senior call-up for Wales.
After moving from relative obscurity into the limelight, the 17-year-old is now hungry for more success.
It’s safe to say it has been an incredible rise for Woodburn, and at the club’s players awards on Tuesday night the 17-year-old took home Academy Players’ Player of the Year.
Reflecting on breakthrough season
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “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.
“If someone had told me in August I’d be winning this award (Academy Players’ Player of the Year) I’d have bitten their hand off.
Woodburn has made eight first-team appearances for Liverpool this campaign and reflecting on his season, he added: “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 U23s) but the first team made it so much easier because they are so good with young kids they made it normal.”
“I’ve learned so much, there’s not really one little thing but I’d say just try to be yourself. I’ve had a taste and like everyone would do I just want as much as I can of it.”
At just 17 years and 45 days old, Woodburn netted his first senior career goal against Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-final, in front of the Kop. A star was born!
The goal made him the club’s youngest ever goal scorer ahead of Michael Owen and when asked to pick one highlight of his season, he could not look past that goal.
“There have been a lot of good points in my season but obviously that would be the standout one because it was a massive achievement,” he added.