Woodburn used to be just lately named the Wales Young Player of the Year and has been fast-tracked to the primary crew.
He made his complete Wales debut coming off the bench in ultimate month’s an important World Cup qualifier in opposition to Austria and bagged the winner with a fantastic strike from outdoor the field.
Just 3 days later and he performed a vital function in Wales’ 2-Zero win over Moldova by means of putting in Hal Robson-Kanu for the sport’s opening purpose.
It capped a exceptional 12 months for the 17-year-old, who become Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer ultimate 12 months in a League Cup win over Leeds.
He has handiest performed 45 mins for the Reds this season, coming on for Philippe Coutinho at half-time within the 2-Zero defeat to Leicester within the Carabao Cup.
But Jurgen Klopp just lately reassured Woodburn he stays an integral a part of Liverpool’s plans for the long run.
And it’s transparent the attacking midfielder used to be all the time destined for stardom at a tender age.
Mark Lindley, Woodburn’s old skool trainer at Bishop Heber High School, printed the teenager inspired on a tour in Barcelona and Espanyol wanted to sign him.
“I knew Ben when he was eight because of the school sports events we held and also because of my previous involvement at Liverpool’s academy,” Lindley instructed the Mirror.
“Even at that age, you have to see he used to be one thing particular, an outstanding skill.
“He used to be all the time an excessively quiet boy when he used to be in class however it used to be a distinct international whilst you noticed him on the pitch. He may just rating from any place, incessantly scoring 4, 5 or 6 objectives a sport from all over the place the pitch. Straight away you knew there used to be one thing particular about him.
“At faculty he performed in central midfield and I consider he got here on tour with us to Barcelona, elderly 12. We had been coaching with Espanyol and Barcelona and he didn’t glance misplaced.
“I consider the Espanyol coaches idea he used to be one thing particular. They wanted to sign him.”