Who is Ben Woodburn? The Tattenhall teenager who became a Liverpool FC record-breaker

Teenage ace has gone from playing at the Flacca to scoring at Anfield in just a few years

Ben Woodburn celebrates becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool history during the EFL Cup quarter-final against Leeds at Anfield

A Tattenhall teenager is making national headlines – and you get the impression we're going to be hearing even more about Ben Woodburn in the years to come.

The striker became Liverpool FC's youngest goalscorer on Tuesday (November 29), aged 17 and 45 days, when he netted at Anfield's famous Kop End to secure the Reds' passage into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

A trawl through The Chronicle's archives shows just how far Woodburn has come in a very short space of time.

Ben Woodburn becomes the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool FC history

He was snapped playing for Tattenhall Under 9s against Upton at the Flacca in 2007, displaying some silky schoolboy skills.

Woodburn was also a regular on the Soccer Funweeks courses which ran at Upton Recreation Centre, and was once picked out by a Chronicle photographer to showcase his ball juggling ability. He's so small, the ball is bigger than his head!

So who is Ben Woodburn?

Woodburn was born in Chester and grew up in Tattenhall.

A talented young sportsman, he played for the village's football and cricket teams, attending Tattenhall Primary then Bishop Heber High School in Malpas.

Though raised in Cheshire, Woodburn has Welsh ancestry and played football for Wales' successful U15s side before captaining Wales U17s.

He has been with Liverpool's academy from U7s level, steadily working his way up the ranks.

The teenager left Bishop Heber to attend Rainhill High School, which is the official Liverpool FC Academy Education Centre in Merseyside for U18 players to be educated.

Action from a junior game in 2007, showing Ben Woodburn (yellow kit) playing for Tattenhall Under 9s against Upton at The Flacca
Ben Woodburn at a Soccer Funweeks course at Upton Recreation Centre, Mannings Lane, in 2009
Ben Woodburn (front row, far right) with Tattenhall Under 9s cricket team after they became champions of the South Cheshire Junior Cricket League(Image: Chester Chronicle)

He made his U18s debut during the 2015-16 campaign at the age of 15, and ended the season as joint top scorer.

This year he has regularly played with Liverpool’s U23 squad and has bagged five goals in 10 games at that level.

His goal against Leeds United on Tuesday, the second in a 2-0 victory, saw him snatch the Merseyside club's youngest goal-scorer record from another Chester-born player – Michael Owen.

It came just days after he became the third-youngest player in Reds history, when appearing against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ben Woodburn makes Liverpool debut

It also completed an incredible year of sporting success for former Bishop Heber pupils.

The Malpas school took to Twitter to celebrate the fact Woodburn's feat followed on from the achievements of rugby player Tom Curry, who became Sale Sharks' youngest try-scorer in October, and rower Vicky Thornley, who won an Olympic silver medal in Rio this summer.

Not surprisingly, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to keep a lid on the hype around Woodburn.

"The only problem is I'm afraid about all you in the media. That's why I'm so quiet," said Klopp after last night's win.

"We know how to handle the situation."

The secret about Woodburn's ability is well and truly out – but it looks like the youngster has the perfect mentor in Klopp.

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