Ever since Rangers have appointed Steven Gerrard as their manager, the Gers have been linked with a whole lot of Liverpool youngsters and the Rangers board and management will be depending on Gerrard’s relationship with his former club to prove as a catalyst in getting them their targets. The Liverpool youngster to join the list this time is Ben Woodburn.
The Welsh international has been highly rated since his days in the Liverpool academy and has been waiting in the wings to get regular game time at the club. The 18-year-old was on the bench quite a few times in the last season but managed just one appearance in the Premier League. He has been regular for Liverpool’s reserve side over the years and is touted to have a big future for his club and country. He was the captain of the u19 side in the Uefa Youth League campaign this season. Incidentally, Steven Gerrard handed him the captaincy as he was the Reds academy coach.
The youngster came into media limelight when he scored just in his second appearance for the senior team at the Merseyside club. Soon after that, he scored a brilliant goal for Wales on his debut in a crucial encounter against Austria in the World Cup qualifiers and everyone in the media was raving about the talented youngster from Liverpool.
However, since then, he has had to bide his time in search of playing opportunities as Liverpool have been doing well, especially on the attacking front last season.
It will be interesting to see whether Liverpool will let him go on a permanent basis to the Ibrox Stadium. The Merseyside club might have a strong attacking trio but they don’t seem to have enough bench strength currently and if Woodburn continues to stay at Liverpool, he will sooner or later get more regular first-team opportunities.
Rangers are in desperate need of some quality players in the transfer market as they look to resurrect themselves. Their rivals, Celtic, have certainly taken an upper hand in the last few years and it seems like the upcoming season will be the one where Gers might expect to stage a comeback.
The Light Blues might have taken a big punt by appointing Gerrard but they will certainly have some sort of an advantage when it comes to recruiting Liverpool players. Woodburn has played under Gerrard for the youth side and Liverpool might just let him leave on loan to develop further under their former Liverpool skipper.