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Cast your mind back a few years and you’ll remember that Ben Woodburn was supposed to be the next big thing at Liverpool.

The Welshman became the Reds’ youngest goalscorer of all-time back in 2016 and he was immediately hyped up as a future superstar.

It wasn’t long before he was playing international football and he was shining for Wales during the early days of his career.

However, since then it’s fair to say that things have gone downhill for Woodburn.



Rather than establishing himself as a first-teamer at Anfield, Woodburn has been shipped out on loan time and time again, and while he’s been playing football at a lower level, he’s yet to truly impress.

He barely got a game at Sheffield United, injuries affected his time at Oxford United and he failed to score a single goal at Blackpool.

Woodburn came back to Liverpool for pre-season this summer and he earned a lot of praise from Pep Lijnders, but despite impressing Lijnders, he was still sent out on loan once again, this time to Hearts.

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Sadly, it seems as though this is yet another loan spell that isn’t working out.

Woodburn has played seven SPFL games for Hearts and he’s yet to score a goal, while he only has one assist to his name.

We wish we could tell you that his underlying stats tell a different story, but he’s averaging less than one key pass per game, while he’s also only making 1.1 dribbles per match.

Woodburn’s contract with Liverpool is up next summer, and if he doesn’t step up a gear or two, it doesn’t seem likely that he’s going to be offered a new deal.

Jurgen Klopp may have called Woodburn an ‘outstanding talent’ once upon a time, but it seems as though the 22-year-old is blowing what is likely his final chance to impress the Liverpool boss.

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