Michael Owen revealed he was delighted as Reds teenage sensation Ben Woodburn broke his record as he scored in Liverpool’s win over Leeds United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, November 30.
“I didn’t mind at all. I was actually at the stadium watching the game and it was brilliant to see him score,” the former Reds star Owen said of the goal.
Woodburn’s goal has made him the youngest goalscorer at 17 years and 45 days. Owen set the record almost a decade ago, scoring at age 17 years and 143 days. The Real Madrid and Manchester United star tweeting through his handle said “Another record taken from me!!! Congratulations @BenWoodburn on becoming the youngest ever scorer for @LFC at 17 yrs and 45 days,” adding teh hastag #KopEnd, signalling an end to his long standing record.
Aside Owen, other young Liverpool goalscorers include Jordan Rossiter, Raheem Sterling, Robbie Fowler, Jimmie Melia, and Jamie Redknapp. Woodburn was the joint top scorer in the 2015/16 season in the club’s Under-18 after joining the academy at Under-7.
“When the goal went in I didn’t quite realise, but then the chap next to me said ‘that’s your record gone.’ I’ve not got many records left! It was nice to see and as we’ve heard he’s from close proximity to where I live. We were both born and brought up in Chester so it’s great a local lad has taken my record,” a hearty Owen added.
Coach Jurgen Klopp, who game the youngster the opportunity, has already expressed his fears over media hype and early interests that might distract the player.