Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn likely to get first start against Leeds United

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn

Liverpool ace Ben Woodburn could get his first start.

Liverpool sensation Ben Woodburn could make his first start for the club in tonight's EFL Cup tie against Leeds United.

Woodburn made a major impression in pre-season, netting in consecutive games and beginning to earn the trust of manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool's Ben WoodburnLiverpool's Ben Woodburn

He turned 17 last month and was handed his competitive debut in the final minute of the weekend's 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland.

Woodburn has been a regular at under-23 level this season, scoring five goals and providing five assists in 10 appearances.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn at the end of the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn 

Last night he was not included in Liverpool's under-23 side's draw with Derby County, an indication he is working with the first team ahead of Tuesday night's quarter-final tie.

Liverpool are missing Daniel Sturridge through injury along with star man Coutinho, and manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Woodburn is under consideration, but played his cards close to his chest.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "He is a very, very promising guy, so we want to help him and we want to use him as early as possible. But there is no decision made when it will be – maybe tomorrow, maybe not.”

It is likely Woodburn will be involved in some form, and he will be ready for the opportunity should it come his way. The 17-year-old could have the spark and surprise factor to catch a determined Leeds side off guard.

Woodburn scored in his last under-23 appearance, a 2-0 win over Reading, and his versatility to play on the wing as well as up front gives Jurgen Klopp further options when it comes to team selection.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goalLiverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

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