Now is the right time for Ben Woodburn to spend a season away from Liverpool on loan, Jürgen Klopp explained after confirmation of the forward's move to Sheffield United.
The timing and the destination are now ideal, according to the manager. “Both sides will benefit a lot, I think,” Klopp told.
“I’ve known Ben pretty much since I came in, or not long after. It was more or less Pep Lijnders’ first proposal.
This guy at the Academy, you need to have a look.
From the first day I was really impressed. Then he had all the highs you can have in that age group and a few of the downs as well. That’s completely normal.
Last year was a really long year for him: constantly training with us and then always going to the Academy. He loves football and he loves playing for the U23s or in the UEFA Youth League. But, of course, it’s a really long kind of two years not having a real team.
So I’m really happy for him that he has that now and the best news is he’s playing for Sheffield United.
The start of pre-season was hard for him, like all the others – heavy legs and all that stuff – but for two weeks he has been in fantastic shape and is the Ben Woodburn we knew from the first day, only a little bit grown up. That’s now a really good moment.
I thought it was not the right moment for a long time but this is the right moment for him to go out on loan. Having minutes and full games in a difficult league and obviously a very ambitious club for next season, in an offensive position, will be interesting.
But it’s good for him to learn and whatever happens, he is our boy so there is no pressure for him. He can only enjoy himself in this situation, work hard, get new experiences and come back stronger. Then we will see.”
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