For the last 19 years, Michael Owen could call himself the youngest ever goalscorer for Liverpool.
However, that record was broken on Tuesday night by 17-year-old Ben Woodburn who, at the age of 17 and 45 days beat Owen’s record by 98 days.
Liverpool fans were understandably delighted that Woodburn had broken a club record with his goal sealing a 2-0 victory in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Leeds to send them through to the last-four. It was only Woodburn's second appearance - after he came on against Sunderland last weekend in the Premier League.
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However, it seems they were doubly delighted that it was Owen’s record that Woodburn had broken.
Owen may have been a hero during his time at Anfield, scoring 158 goals, but his move to arch-rivals Manchester United in 2009 angered many Liverpool supporters.
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So, after Owen tweeted Woodburn to offer his congratulations, it was met with plenty of Liverpool fans mocking their former striker for losing his record.
Owen tweeted: “Another record taken from me!!! Congratulations @BenWoodburn on becoming the youngest ever scorer for @LFC at 17yrs and 45days. #KopEnd”
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Woodburn will do very well if he can have half the Liverpool career that Owen enjoyed after his debut goal against Wimbledon back in May 1997.
Owen helped Liverpool win the FA Cup - by scoring two late goals in the final against Arsenal - two League Cups and a UEFA Cup. He also picked up the 2001 Ballon d’Or after he scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Reds.
Klopp has already proved that he has no hesitations in fielding youngsters so Woodburn can hope to force his way into the first-team in the next few weeks.
After the win against Leeds, Klopp insisted that Woodburn is ready to start for the club but is wary of keeping him out of the media spotlight.
“I think Ben is mentally ready to start a game,” said Klopp.
“At that moment I thought it was a good idea (to play against Sunderland), he deserved it and I thought ‘Come on, let’s go’.
“It was only a few minutes. He was ready for it.
“It was only after the game that I remembered it’s now really difficult to keep him back again, not for Ben or for me, but for the public.
“We’ve shown him the Premier League for the first time but the best news for him is there is so much time for him to improve and develop and we will help him.”
With Philippe Coutinho ruled out until the new year and Sadio Mane currently struggling for form, don’t be surprised to see Klopp throwing Woodburn into the deep end between now and the end of the campaign.
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