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Why Rangers Fans Should Be Very Excited About Ben Woodburn

Why Rangers Fans Should Be Very Excited About Ben Woodburn

Ben Woodburn is one of the latest names linked with joining Steven Gerrard‘s Rangers revolution.

The 18-year-old attacker has been in the first team picture at Liverpool since making his debut at 17 back in 2016.

He’s highly rated by Jurgen Klopp, but hasn’t got the first team games he would have been wanting this season and his development could be aided by a run with a top team next season.

That looks unlikely to be at Liverpool though, with stories today linking Gerrard with a move for Woodburn.

Here’s why we think that should excite Rangers fans:

He’s Just 18

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You might say that means he’s inexperienced, but we’d rather look at how he’s only 18 yet is regularly part of a Liverpool squad blitzing teams in England and in Europe. Sure. he’s not had the games he’d like this year, but Klopp continues to have him on the bench in matches and that shows he’s very much in the German’s plans.

He’s Already a Wales International

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Woodburn got his first Welsh call-up at 17 and actually made his debut, in a World Cup qualifier against Austria, last year. Since then, he’s played six more times for his country and looks set to be a big player for them going forward.

He Scored This Goal on His Debut

What about that for an impact?

Jurgen Klopp Rates Him

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Speaking about Woodburn to liverpoolfc.com last year, Klopp said: “From our point of view, it’s clear. It all depends on the player. He is a really patient boy, that’s really good – not only in the game but around.

“He doesn’t expect too much. In the morning he probably has a quick look at his passport… ‘Oh, still 17!’ He is a fantastic boy. I know the world around is getting more and more crazy and we help with all we can.

“There are so many stories from the past when very young boys showed up and later you didn’t hear anything of them anymore. It will not happen with Ben.

“I think he is in the best hands here at Liverpool. We will do the right thing; he will play youth, he will play U23s, he will play first-team football. The main message is he needs to play football. He trains with us always and then we will decide each weekend where he can play.

“Our target is that we have him in the first team because we like him, we see his quality and that’s the main thing. But for us it’s not too important if it’s tomorrow or in a year, it’s just important that we can use him then. That’s what we try to prepare.”

As Does Ryan Giggs

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Speaking earlier this year after taking on the Wales job, Giggs, per walesonline.co.uk, said: “I think being part of the last couple of squads and he’s such an exciting talent I want to see him and see what he can do.

“I’ve seen it from afar in the games he’s figured in and he’s a tremendous talent, and an exciting talent, someone I’d like to go and watch.”

He Can Play a Number of Positions

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Klopp has used him as a number 10, left winger and as a centre midfielder in games with the Liverpool first team and that shows Woodburn has plenty of versatility – that can only benefit Rangers.

Scores Goals Like This

Assists Like This

And Rangers Need More Creative Talent

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Who is the creativity going to come from next season? Rangers are probably still missing a quality number 10 despite the addition of Scott Arfield already this summer and Woodburn could be one to fill that void.

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