Michael Owen likens 17-year-old to proven Liverpool attacker: He’s very clever

The Liverpool legend believes Ben Woodburn will blossom into an attacker with some of the same qualities as Adam Lallana

Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen believes Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn will blossom into an Adam Lallana-type attacker.

The Wales international has found his first-team opportunities limited at Liverpool so far this season despite his undoubted talent.

Woodburn shot to international acclaim last week after the Liverpool teenager almost single-handedly got Wales’ World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.

The 17-year-old forward scored a superb 25-yard winner to secure a 1-0 win against Austria after coming on a second-half substitute at the Millennium Stadium.

Woodburn is the youngest-ever Liverpool goal-scorer to beat Owen’s record after the teenager’s goal against Leeds United in the EFL Cup quarter-final.

The Welsh forward was 17 years and 45 days old when he came off the bench to score against Leeds to beat Owen’s previous record by 98 days.

The former Liverpool striker appears to be excited about Woodburn’s potential after delivering a glowing verdict on the promising Welsh forward.

“He’s a good player. I watched him for four or five years in the youth teams at Liverpool,” Owen told BT Sport Premier League Tonight on Saturday evening.

“I don’t think he’s a centre-forward. He did play in the youth teams as a centre-forward.”

“I think he’s more of an Adam Lallana-type attacking midfielder – he finds pockets and is very clever. He can score a goal. He’s intelligent. This kid can play. He is exciting for the future.”

Liverpool suffered a chastening 5-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock before Sadio Mane’s sending off allowed Manchester City to exploit their numerical advantage.

The Reds have won two of their opening four Premier League games.

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