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Jurgen Klopp Says Wales Have Called Ben Woodburn Up Too Early

Jurgen Klopp Says Wales Have Called Ben Woodburn Up Too Early

Liverpool prodigy Ben Woodburn is celebrating his first senior international call-up this week – but Jurgen Klopp reckons it might have come a little too soon.

Having been capped by Wales Under-15s all the way through to the Under-19s, first-team coach Chris Coleman has decided to bring the promising 17-year-old into his pool for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Ireland next week.

There’s no getting away from the fact Woodburn is easily one of the UK’s most promising young strikers, as his goal against Leeds in the EFL Cup earlier this season proves.

But his club manager isn’t convinced that Woodburn’s three substitute appearances in the Premier League constitutes enough time on the pitch to handle the responsibility of playing for his country.

Speaking via the Mirror, Klopp said: “Ben is happy about it so I am happy about it.

“Should it be now? I would say probably not, but it’s not a problem.

“Ben is a wonderful kid, he can deal with it.

“Now there are two managers who have to make sure that he develops in the right way. Now we can share it.”

Whilst Klopp has subtly made his feelings clear, he’s also managed to make it sound like he’s delighted for his young player.

But what do you make of his comments? Is it too young for Woodburn at international level? Or should Wales be doing everything they can to tie him down?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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