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Ben Woodburn to be rewarded with new contract

Ben Woodburn

Ben Woodburn will be offered a new contract by Liverpool when he turns 18 next month, despite inking his existing 3-year deal only a year ago.

The Wales international has impressed while on international duty and will be able to sign a 5-year contract with the Reds when he turns 18.

Liverpool want to offer him better terms and to see him tied down for a longer period to help fend off other clubs in the future.

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Meanwhile, Wales boss Chris Coleman believes he has been proven right by giving Woodburn his international chance despite Jürgen Klopp thinking it was too soon in the player’s career.

“Jurgen felt it was a bit early for Ben [playing for Wales] but we’ve all got opinions, which is what is great about football,” said Coleman.

“I felt that if he was in the first team for Liverpool, and he is, he scored that great debut goal at the Kop end, then he was ready. We weren’t going to start him in both games and play him for 90 minutes.

“We were going to be choosy with when we use him, but he’s a good young talent that’s for sure.

“It will be up to Jürgen and Ben on how far or close he is to the first team. What we’ve seen is that he is a very bright player and he’s certainly shown enough with us again.

“Whatever is the next six or 12 months will be up to Jurgen and Ben himself.

“He’s used to working with really good defenders every day at Liverpool. But there’s nothing that prepares you for a 90 minutes out there, it’s completely different.”

When Woodburn was selected for international duty, Klopp had commented: “Actually I was surprised by this. I don’t know exactly how it’s normal here.

“This should not be a criticism, but usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me.”