The 17-year-old became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer in a 2-0 EFL Cup win over Leeds but the coach wants him to stay grounded
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must “keep the public” away from Ben Woodburn and is afraid the press will raise expectations too highly after he became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in Tuesday’s win over Leeds United.
Woodburn came off the bench to seal a 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final win over Leeds United, displacing Michael Owen in the Anfield record books by netting aged 17 and 45 days.
It was a satisfactory night for a number of the youngsters in Klopp’s side, with Trent Alexander-Arnold performing superbly at right-back before supplying the cross for Divock Origi’s 76th-minute opener, but Woodburn was understandably the talk of the post-match news conference.
“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do,” Klopp said.
“My first job is to help these boys so that they can be the best – in this case, Ben Woodburn.
“There’s a lot of things to do, especially to keep the public away as long as possible.