Woodburn can be ‘great’, says Liverpool team-mate

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Liverpool hot prospect Ben Woodburn can become a “great player”, believes team-mate Sadio Mane.

Woodburn overtook Michael Owen to became Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer at just 17 years and 45 days after netting in this week’s EFL Cup victory over Leeds United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has pleaded for calm over the striker’s impact, in an attempt to play down expectations over the teenager.

But winger Mane appears to have ignored his manager’s warning by hailing the potential of the Wales Under-19 international.

Mane said: "I want to congratulate him. He is a very good player and has a very good future.

"I hope he will keep going and working hard and I think he will be a great player.

"Everyone was happy for him to score his first goal, especially in a big atmosphere at Anfield."

Woodburn was not the only Liverpool youngster who impressed against Leeds, with fellow teenagers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria both included in the starting XI.

"We have a great team this season and all the young players are playing confidently and are doing well and the game will become easier for them," added Mane.

"I think they will help the team to move up."