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What Jurgen Klopp told Ben Woodburn after youngster's historic Liverpool goal

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What a few days it has been for Ben Woodburn.

At just 17 years and 42 days old, the teenager became the third youngest player in Liverpool history when he came on as a substitute in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland.

And things got even better during Tuesday's EFL Cup tie against Leeds United as Woodburn became the famous club's youngest ever goalscorer with a composed finish to put Liverpool 2-0 up late on.

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Still well short of his 18th birthday, Woodburn beat Michael Owen's previous record by a full 98 days and, as you might expect, is causing quite a stir as a result.

Owen himself was quick to react on Twitter following the teenager's historic goal, whilst fellow Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has already praised the young forward.

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But what about Woodburn's manager, Jurgen Klopp? Judging by what he told the 17-year-old after his goal last night, the German manager is doing his best to keep the youngster's feet firmly on the ground.

Wise words

"First of all I said 'Well done'," Klopp explained in his post-match press conference on Tuesday.

"But it (the goal) was not too difficult. I would have scored too if I would have been in that situation."

Another classic quote to add to Klopp's catalogue of famous one-liners, and one that Woodburn isn't likely to forget in a hurry.

While Liverpool fans are excited to see another player break into the first team from their academy, Klopp is understandably keen to play down the expectations that will now start to surround the 17-year-old.

"He still has a lot of things to do and especially to keep the public away for as long as possible - but that is a difficult thing to do," the Liverpool boss continued.

"...We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do."

Historic goal

So what about Woodburn's record-breaking goal? Would Klopp, a striker-turned-defender in his playing days and now 49-years-old, really have found the back of the net in the same situation?

Let's just say, the 17-year-old can expect to score more difficult goals in front of the Kop in the years to come...

Still, whilst Klopp tries to play down the achievement, there is no doubt that the past few days have only added to the excitement surrounding Anfield right now.

With Woodburn's more senior teammates having put together an impressive run of form so far this season, Liverpool are right in the mix for the Premier League title as they sit just one point off Chelsea at the top.

And, with the news that Coutinho is facing up to six weeks on the sideline with an ankle injury, Woodburn's emergence on the scene is just the kind of feel good story they needed to maintain momentum.

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