Liverpool fans will absolutely love Steven Gerrard's latest comments about Ben Woodburn

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It hasn't exactly been the most promising start to the season for Liverpool after a rather mixed summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp's side are already well behind both Manchester clubs in the title race and were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Leicester.

They may have beaten Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League, but the fact is that they have still only managed two wins in their last nine games.

However, one of the bright sparks of their season has been Welsh youngster Ben Woodburn, who has really got fans excited about his enormous potential.

He's excelled for his country when called upon and has looked bright when used, all be it sparingly, by Klopp in the first-team.

Due to the fact that the Reds have the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in he attacking areas, Woodburn is unlikely to get much of a look in this season.

But, that doesn't mean he cannot showcase his talent and he has been doing just that with Liverpool's U18 side.

The manager of the youth team is none other than the club legend Steven Gerrard and he has been raving over his quality.

Woodburn - who was handed the captain's armband by Gerrard - is now viewed as the leader of the group and was sensational in the U18's 4-1 win over Maribor.

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He was even used in a different role during the game, operating as a number eight and he still excelled.

Needless to say, Gerrard was very impressed.

"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,” Gerrard said.

“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.

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“I thought he was excellent as an eight, controlling the middle of the pitch for the majority of the game.

“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.

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“I think the reason we are getting positive performances is because everyone is bouncing off him.”

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