Former skipper and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard says he has been impressed by youngster Ben Woodburn’s start to life at Anfield, singling out his attitude as a mark of the man.
The 18-year-old became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he found the net in the Reds’ EFL Cup tie against Leeds last season, and earned himself a call-up to the Welsh national side where he excelled also.
However this season the teenager has played just 45 minutes worth of football and has often found himself playing for the U19 and U23 sides. But Gerrard believes that despite not being given many opportunities, the players’ attitude is spot on and will land him many chances in the months to come.
“I think Ben needs to play at the moment so if Jurgen doesn’t need him at first-team level it’s an excellent opportunity to come and play with his friends who he came through the system with; be the captain and leader in this team and set the example,” said Gerrard.
“I am pleased with Ben because his attitude and mentality when he comes down to train at the academy is 10 out of 10. That gives everyone a lift.”
“His mates are so happy to have him around and he is smiling and playing around with them so it is a great mix. We all know Ben is going to play different types of football this year, he knows that and is happy with that.”
“The challenge is when he comes down to this level can he approach it like a first-team game and so far he has been excellent.”
“I think the reason we are getting positive performances is because everyone is bouncing off him.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]