Ben Woodburn has signed a new five-year Liverpool deal – just days after a landmark birthday that allowed Jurgen Klopp to secure the Wales sensation’s long-term future.
And the starman of Wales’ next generation has celebrated the news with a promise that he’s ready to get even better.
Woodburn has become one of the most-talked about youngsters in the game having become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer last season before marking his full Wales debut with a stunning goal against Austria.
It has seen Woodburn linked with Spanish giants Barcelona with the forward tipped to make even further strides in his young career.
But Liverpool have wasted little time in handing him a lengthy contract – already described elsewhere as “lucrative” – less than two weeks after he became eligible to commit.
Woodburn was only 12 months into a three-year deal – his first professional contract – he signed last October when he turned 17. The 36-month agreement was the maximum term Liverpool could offer the teenager at that time.
But clubs can hand out five-year deals when players turn 18, and with Woodburn able to celebrate his coming of age on October 15 Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday a new long-term deal has been agreed.
Woodburn was named Liverpool’s Academy player of the year last season, made a number of first team outings and has forced his way into Chris Coleman’s national team.
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But, speaking to Liverpool’s club website after the deal was announced, Woodburn said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling to sign a new contract with Liverpool.
“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.