Ben Woodburn will feature for Liverpool this season, says Craig Bellamy
Last Updated: 07/09/17 6:20am
Wales forward Ben Woodburn will have a role to play with Liverpool this season, according to Craig Bellamy.
Woodburn, 17, hit the headlines on the weekend after coming off the bench to score Wales' winner against Austria on his international debut in a must-win World Cup Qualifier in Cardiff.
The forward then capped off a memorable few days for his country when again as a substitute, he created the opening goal for Hal Robson-Kanu in Moldova on Tuesday night.
Woodburn is Liverpool's youngest-ever scorer after netting in the League Cup against Leeds last November and Bellamy is confident the player - who has been a substitute so far this season, but yet to feature for the Reds - will be handed plenty of game time by Jurgen Klopp this campaign.
"To have an impact like that is just incredible and hopefully he can go and fulfil what we all believe he has a very good chance of being a very good footballer," the former Liverpool and Wales striker told The Debate.
"I do see him getting game time at Liverpool. He fits in to what Liverpool do going forward. They rate him very highly and I would like to see him get game time with all the competitions, especially the business end of the season.
"Already he has made a huge impact for a 17 year old, but you look at the competitions Liverpool are in - Champions League, League Cup, FA Cup, league - there is going to be game time there."
Bellamy also thinks Liverpool, and in particular Klopp, deserve huge praise for the way they have looked after Woodburn's progression so far in his fledging career.
"He has been at Liverpool since seven years of age, so progression wise, they have maintained that," he said.
"I like the way Jurgen Klopp is fully aware of all the young kids because they come in and train, so he gets to see them for himself and is fully aware of who is coming through and the promise they have.
"And that has probably also led to his progression."