Jurgen Klopp says Ben Woodburn will not burn out at Liverpool
Last Updated: 07/09/17 9:32pm
Jurgen Klopp says new 'Prince of Wales' Ben Woodburn is the real deal but will not be rushed at Liverpool.
The 17-year-old earned his new nickname at Melwood by scoring the winner for Wales against Austria at the weekend on just his second international appearance.
Klopp was frustrated at the lack of communication over Woodburn's first call-up back in March and is determined to pace the teenager's development.
But the Reds manager is confident the forward's early promise will translate into a successful career at Anfield.
"There are so many stories from the past when very young boys showed up and later you didn't hear anything of them anymore," Klopp told the club website. "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.
"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."
Referring to Woodburn's new moniker he said: "I heard someone say 'The Prince of Wales' - I love it! I said it twice this morning… I'm not sure that he loves it too much!"