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Liverpool are ready to give Ben Woodburn a huge pay rise on his 18th birthday

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The international break is often overlooked by club football fans, but last weekends fixtures offered some interesting moments. 

England edged closer to World Cup qualification, as did their neighbours Wales. Both nations won both of their games, thanks to help from two young stars.   

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford netted the winning goal at Wembley on Monday, ensuring England beat Slovakia 2-1 in front of over 65,000 fans.

The winning goal earned him a man of the match award, capping off a very good week for the 19-year-old.

As good as his performance was, 17-year-old Ben Woodburn impressed even more for Wales after making his debut on Saturday.  

The Liverpool player scored a cracking long range goal just moments after coming off the subs bench, securing all three points for Chris Coleman's side.  

He then provided a sublime assist for his team's first goal against Moldova in the 80th minute of Tuesday crucial qualifier. 

He has two Wales caps and two man of the match awards, making the perfect start to his international career.   

Wales v Austria - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

And it gets even better for the young forward. On his 18th birthday on October 15, Liverpool will give their wonder kid a huge pay rise.   

Talks have already begun over the teenagers new deal, which will see him sign his first full professional contract.    

According to the Mirror, the Reds want him to sign up for the next six years, earning £25,000-a-week.

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That's quite an increase on his current contract, which is capped at £40,000-a-year.  

With Jurgen Klopp earmarking him as a future star, it's expected he will be offered the lowest level of first team salary. 

If Liverpool are paying Woodburn that kind of money, he'll surely expect to be featuring regularly in the first team squad as they chase Premier League glory. 

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Is Ben Woodburn ready for Liverpool's first team? Have your say in the comments below. 

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