6 Dec 2016

Next Sterling? Ian Rush hails 'absolutely amazing' Liverpool academy sensation

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has heaped praise on one of Liverpool's rising Academy stars.

When asked this week about Reds' sensation Ben Woodburn, Rushie raved:

"When he was 14 and he had great potential, but to be the youngest-ever goalscorer for Liverpool is absolutely amazing. I think he will knuckle down, but you don't throw him in straightaway".

Anfield icon Robbie Fowler added a note of caution:

"It's important now that he [Woodburn] gets well looked after. Liverpool know that and they stop you from getting a bit too big for your boots. Plus, Jurgen [Klopp] is very astute when it comes to handling young players".

Predictably, the fan and media-driven hype machine is in full swing, but I personally don't see what all the fuss is about. Woodburn scored a comparatively easy goal (laid on a plate) against lower-league opposition at Anfield. What's the big deal?

It's great for Woodburn to score on his debut, but with greatest respect, given the world-class coaching he receives, and the first-class fitness and nutrition experts at his beck and call, he *should* be scoring that goal.

Lucas Leiva claims that Woodburn is a 'brilliant young player', but similar superlatives were used to describe the likes of Rossiter, Sinclair, Canos, and Ibe, and none of those players made it at Anfield.

Can Woodburn break the trend and follow Raheem Sterling's trajectory?


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