Liverpool legend gives record-breaking Ben Woodburn his seal of approval

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

As if Ben Woodburn's day couldn't get any better, he's now got the backing of Liverpool's greatest ever striker via Twitter.

Ian Rush knows a thing or two about strikers. He was one himself once, and a pretty decent one at that. In fact, the poacher extraordinaire netted a startling 346 times across two separate spells in Merseyside, by far and away the most in the club’s history.

Liverpool's Ian Rush celebrates after scoring the third goal - 1986 FA Cup final

It’s also 345 goals more than Ben Woodburn. Yet, it’s just the one in particular that is causing so much fuss. With Liverpool one up against their stubborn, second tier opponents Leeds United in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Georginio Wijnaldum spun on a sixpence and, with an impish left footed flick, eased the ball into the direction of a 17-year-old striker two games into his Liverpool career in front of the Kop End.

You don’t need some philosophical epiphany to find out what dreams are made of; just ask Ben Woodburn, the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

Inevitably, the national press were sent into immediate overdrive, grabbing at the stats of Robbie Fowler or Michael Owen, the record’s previous holder, while debates have already been stirred about his international future, two games into his professional career.

As Jurgen Klopp said after the game, Woodburn doesn’t need to pay attention to the hyperbole. But he can certainly be forgiven for losing his head for a moment or two as the greatest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history gives his own personal seal of approval.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn as he prepares to come on

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