Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways courtesy of a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash on the South Coast off the back of draws against both Everton and West Brom, yet the result was never in doubt against the Cherries as the Reds produced an attacking masterclass to ease past Eddie Howe’s side. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino secured a comprehensive victory for the Merseyside giants, who in turn moved above Tottenham into fourth place in the Premier League table following their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City a day earlier.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are turning their attentions towards the forthcoming January transfer window and thus who their team could look to sign ahead of the second half of the Premier League season.
However, one man who could be on his way out of Anfield is young forward Ben Woodburn, who is reportedly available for loan in a bid for more regular first team football in 2018.
And although some of our resident Liverpool supporters are unsure about letting the Wales international go out on loan, it’s a move that is without doubt in the best interests of the 18-year-old in his development.
Ultimately, Woodburn is not going to command regular football under Klopp at present, what with the likes of Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, and Sadio Mane often included in the starting eleven, while the likes of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge are often in front of Woodburn, and thus on the bench.
That plethora of attacking talent has restricted the 18-year-old to just one senior appearance so far this season, which came all the back in September in their Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City in round three.
And things don’t look like changing anytime soon, and indeed going into the second half of the campaign. And although being in the company of quality players like the aforementioned attacking quartet is likely to help him in his development, it’s not a substitute for regular minutes on the pitch, and actually being able to translate what he’s learning into a match situation.
And while some Liverpool fans will rightly argue that not many quality players have come back from a loan spell and succeeded at Anfield, first team football surely outweighs the current lack of opportunities afforded to Woodburn under Klopp, which means it is absolutely the right decision at this stage of the 18-year-old’s career.
He has clearly got talent, and has clearly got huge potential, yet minutes on the pitch are needed, even at this early stage of his career, to help him become the quality player his early efforts suggest he can be.
As such, a loan move away in January is in the best interests of Woodburn himself, as well as Liverpool as a club.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!