Klopp reacts to teenager Woodburn’s record breaking goal

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Jurgen Klopp says Ben Woodburn‘s status as the youngest goal scorer in Liverpool history has been earned in meteoric fashion.

At 17 years old, 45 days, Woodburn netted in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Leeds United to break Michael Owen‘s record by 100 days.

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Klopp was a bit taken aback by the accomplishment, as he figured someone even younger had done the job earlier.

“We are nearly 125 years old and I’m quite surprised that there was never a younger one. We all know how young he is, but he doesn’t look like this in training sessions and things like this, obviously he grows quicker than other players in his skill sets. It’s a nice story and all the boys are happy for him.”

Klopp said the locker room was all smiles for Woodburn, who was part of a very young team on Tuesday. The Reds picked up a 2-0 win despite few familiar faces in the XI.

Will Woodburn, a Welsh U-19 player, continue his rise? Or will this be an odd footnote? There are a lot of career paths in between an Owen and an “no one”, so let’s let the kid bask in a memorable night, scoring in front of the Kop.

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