Wales youngster Woodburn commits to Liverpool

25 October 2017, 18:08

Ben Woodburn

Wales international Ben Woodburn has signed a new, and improved, contract with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old academy graduate has enjoyed a whirlwind year, having made his debut for the Reds, become the club's youngest ever scorer and netted for Wales on his senior international debut.

Woodburn's progress has been rewarded by what Liverpool call a "long-term" deal that could will last for five years.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to sign a new contract with Liverpool," he said.

"This is the club I want to stay at and be here as long as possible. 

"When I was told, all I wanted to do was sign the contract.

"It feels good. Now I just want to carry on and hopefully show the manager what I can do."

Woodburn joined Liverpool's academy as an under-7s player and has risen through the ranks, being named the Academy Player of the Year for 2016-17.

The forward has established himself in Jurgen KIopp's first team and played four times for Wales, netting the winner against Austria on his debut in September.

"I think there is loads of room for improvement," Woodburn added. "I've just got to keep working and trying in training every day and hopefully I will improve.

"Defending and maybe getting a few more goals (are what I want to improve). Just trying to come in with the first team and play like a first-team player.

"But I think I've grown as a player and matured physically and technically, and grown in confidence.

"For the rest of this season, my aim is just to carry on (and) try to play as many games for the under-19s and first team."