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Woodburn could be Liverpool's next big thing.

Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn is really good. Like, really good

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OK, so we know it's the second game of Liverpool's pre-season against limited opposition (not that it's always easy to beat inferior opposition, right Brendan?), but there's plenty of reasons for the club's fans to be excited ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Jurgen Klopp's men ran out 5-0 winners against League One outfit Fleetwood Town last night, and it was youngster Ben Woodburn who stole the show. 

The young forward scored Liverpool's second of the night and teed up two more to help the Merseyside club start their new campaign in the best possible way - and he has earned plenty of praise since.

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Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the 16-year-old's performance and said afterwards that he had been told by the club's Academy staff to expect big things from him.

“He’s a natural offensive player. It’s very nice to see," he said.

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“I had a long talk this morning with Alex Inglethorpe and he sang big songs about the boys. I did too, because they trained great and they are all really good to have around."

For those in the know, it's no surprise to see Woodburn doing so well. Respected Liverpool Echo writer profiled the youngster, who has drawn comparisons with Aaron Ramsey - and not only because of his nationality - earlier this year and found the club's Academy staff raving about the latest prospect off their production line.

“I’ve worked with Ben for the last two seasons,” said U16 coach Des Maher. “He comes in every day and gives it everything he has got.

“I believe he is destined to make big steps in the game along with our young Scouser Liam [Coyle], who has got so much desire and passion for the game.”

A nod to his talent is the fact that he was fast-tracked from Liverpool's under-16s squad to the under-18s at the start of the season when he was only 15, and he's only improved ever since.

Woodburn caught the eye earlier this year with a stunning goal for Liverpool's youth team against Cardiff and given the club's rich history of guiding youngsters such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler to the very top of the game, it would be wise to remember the name for the foreseeable future. 

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