26 Dec 2016

Photo Proof: 'Absolutely amazing' Academy sensation trains with Roberto Firmino; surprise debut vs. Stoke?

Is Ben Woodburn going to make his league debut for Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday?

Woodburn has been on the bench for four Premier League games in a row now, which suggests that Jurgen Klopp is making a concerted effort to get him acclimatised with the first-team squad.

Plus, Woodburn trained with the first team squad once again on Friday, which probably means he'll make the bench again.

When asked recently about Woodburn, Reds hero Ian Rush 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 is also a fan, but in a recent interview, he sounded a note of caution:

"It's important now that he [Woodburn] gets well looked after. Liverpool know that [and] Jurgen [Klopp] is very astute when it comes to handling young players".

After Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth today, Liverpool are nine points off top of the league, with Arsenal, Man City, and Man United hot on the club's heels, so victory over Stoke City is arguably a must-win (in terms of challenging for the title).

As such, unless there's a catastrophic injury meltdown overnight, it's unlikely that Woodburn will start tomorrow, but he may well get a decent run out, especially if Liverpool are winning comfortably.


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