Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Woodburn shines for Wales again

Woodburn shines for Wales again

It was the highly-rated teen Ben Woodburn that scored the important goal, not long after coming off the bench to make his debut.

Ben Woodburn will be rewarded with a new contract next month at Liverpool next month, according to reports.

The singing of the Welsh national anthem during the game began in that incredible 1-0 win against Belgium two years ago, a way to motivate and raise the flagging spirits of the players, and as it echoed around the stadium the ball fell to the feet of 17-year-old Woodburn.

Woodburn is less than a year into the three-year contract he signed with the Reds last October, but the Merseyside club are keen to reward him with upgraded terms following his impressive global bow for Wales.

The Kop teen sensation became the saviour of the Dragons' World Cup hopes with his match-winning sub appearances against Austria and Moldova.

Wales boss Chris Coleman feels he has been proven correct to give Ben Woodburn his worldwide chance despite Jurgen Klopp's opposition.

"I'll most probably see him when I'm back at Melwood Chris Coleman", Rush said. After a performance like that tonight, I'm very confident that we can win both games.

Klopp never doubted Woodburn would have the talent to shine for his country at such a young age, although Coleman has suggested the German coach needed convincing.

"Kolarov scored a rocket of a goal, but I must admit I don't remember them threatening us three times in the game, and apparently their captain [Branislav Ivanovic] said it's the toughest game he's played at global level".

Woodburn is Liverpool's youngest-ever scorer after netting in the League Cup against Leeds last November and Bellamy is confident the player - who has been a substitute so far this season, but yet to feature for the Reds - will be handed plenty of game time by Jurgen Klopp this campaign. After a surging run down the left by Ben Woodburn, the youngster whipped in a lovely ball across the box, which an unmarked Robson-Kanu headed home from six yards out.

It certainly makes a lot of sense for Liverpool to try and tie Woodburn down to as long-term a deal as possible, as while they are clearly fully aware of the talent he possesses, his worldwide duty bow would have surely won him plenty of admirers.

Coleman added: "In my time in charge we've had Gareth, Rambo and Joe Allen, this is the 15th time we've started with them and I've been here for 46 games".

"You don't want to put too much pressure on him", Rush told 5 live.

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