Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the early stages of 2018 after seeing their side edge past high-flying Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor to consolidate their fourth place position in the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their New Year’s Day clash in Lancashire off the back of beating Swansea City and Leicester City to conclude 2017, results which stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 matches. And the Merseyside giants made it 13 without defeat as a Ragnar Klavan header in the fourth minute of added time sealed the win for the visitors, who had earlier been pegged back as Johann Gudmundsson’s effort cancelled out Sadio Mane’s wonderful first half opener.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Reds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Northern Echo, which suggests that a deal for Ben Woodburn to move to Championship side Sunderland is ‘expected’ to go through ‘early’ in the January window.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene in Liverpool’s League Cup tie against Leeds United back in November 2016, in which he scored the club’s second goal to become the youngest ever Reds goal-scorer, breaking the record originally set by striker Michael Owen back in 1997.
However, the Wales international has failed to push on since then with just nine further senior appearances for Klopp’s side, only one of which has come this term to underline his lowly position in the pecking order.
Nonetheless, recent reports suggest that Woodburn could be close to moving to Chris Coleman’s Sunderland, with his arrival ‘still expected’ in the ‘early’ stages of this month as the Black Cats seek to pull clear of the Championship relegation zone.
And with first team football unlikely at Anfield but likely at the Stadium of Light, it’s a move which appears to be in the best interests of the 18-year-old forward.
Landlord’s verdict: Chris Coleman gave Ben Woodburn his senior Wales debut back in September 2017, and the 47-year-old looks set to team up with the forward at Sunderland this month.
Woodburn has managed just one senior appearance for Liverpool this season and as such isn’t getting the gametime required to aid his development, thus a loan move to the Stadium of Light appears to be in the offing.
And recent reports suggest that, despite the deal ‘slowing up’, it is still ‘expected’ to be completed shortly, as Coleman seeks to overhaul his Black Cats squad in a bid to avoid Championship relegation come May.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!