Ben Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer during their 2-0 victory over Leeds in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old, who is the club’s third-youngest ever player was brought on in the 67th minute, replacing Kevin Stewart.
It was a substitute that surprised many fans, especially given that Leeds were dominating the match at the point. With Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic and James Milner all on the bench, you’d think that Jurgen Klopp would call upon one of those three to replace Stewart.
Instead, the German opted for Woodburn - who made his Liverpool debut last weekend against Sunderland during a 2-0 win.
But Klopp’s decision to introduce Woodburn was an inspired one. The Reds went 1-0 up nine minutes later when Divock Origi converted Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant cross.
But then it was time for Woodburn.
Five minutes after Origi’s opener, Woodburn made it 2-0 with an emphatic finish at the Kop end to break Michael Owen’s record of Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer.
Liverpool fans were obviously delighted with the impact Woodburn had made and so too was Klopp and Milner.
How do we know?
Well, just check out the video of them celebrating his strike. Milner can be seen saying “Woody”, while Klopp’s smile when he realised who had scored was priceless.
Take a look:
After the match, Klopp urged the media not to get too carried away with the youngster - but admitted even he would have scored that goal.
“We know what Ben's capable. My first job is to make these players be their best,” he said.
“I am really happy for him, I am only worried about you [media] all getting carried away!
"The goal itself was not too difficult... I would probably have scored it as well!"
Woodburn’s goal sealed passage into the semi-final of the EFL Cup for Liverpool as they overcame a difficult clash against Leeds.
The club will be hoping to go one better than last year when they lost on penalties in the final against Manchester City.
As for Woodburn, no matter what he achieves in his career, he will never forget the moment he scored at the Kop end to become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer.
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