Ian Rush: 18-year-old Liverpool FC attacker reminds me of Michael Owen

The Liverpool FC legend likens exciting Welsh teenager to Michael Owen

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Ian Rush has likened Liverpool FC teenager Ben Woodburn to club legend Michael Owen.

The 18-year-old Welsh starlet has a big reputation at Melwood but the Chester-born forward is still waiting patiently for a sustained run in the Liverpool first-team.

Woodburn made headlines during September’s international break for his superb cameo performance in Wales’ 1-0 victory over Austria.

The Liverpool starlet came off the bench to score a 25-yard winner to breathe life into Wales’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Chris Coleman’s men eventually fell short following a 1-0 loss to Republic of Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.

The Welsh forward surpassed Owen as Liverpool’s youngest-ever goal-scorer after he scored against Leeds United in the EFL Cup last season at the age of 17 years and 45 days.

However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has used the teenager sparingly so far this season despite his growing reputation as one to watch for the future at Anfield.

Former Reds striker Rush likened Woodburn to Liverpool’s former striker sensation Owen.

“He’s a bit like Michael Owen,” Rush told the Daily Mirror.

“He’s quick, but he’s got a bit more skill than Michael.

“He won’t score as many goals as Michael.

“He’s a bit like myself when I was a youngster, he can play with both feet.”

Woodburn has scored one goal in 10 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

The Reds were 4-1 winners against West Ham United in their last Premier League game at the London Stadium.

Liverpool are in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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