League Cup: Ben Woodburn becomes Liverpool's youngest ever scorer

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:42 IST | PA Sport

17-yer-old Ben Woodburn becomes Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer as Reds beat Leeds United 2-0 to enter League Cup semi-finals

Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn (left) scores during the League Cup quarter-final against Leeds at Anfield in Liverpool last night. Pic/ AFP
Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn (left) scores during the League Cup quarter-final against Leeds at Anfield in Liverpool last night. Pic/ AFP

London: Liverpool prodigy Ben Woodburn enhanced his burgeoning reputation by becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in the 2-0 League Cup quarter-final win over Leeds last night.

The academy graduate, at 17 years and 45 days, beat Michael Owen’s record by 98 days to write his name  into Anfield history books with an emphatic 81st-minute finish.

Divock Origi scored five minutes before having  previously laboured against an industrious Leeds side who took the game to their hosts.

With playmaker Philippe Coutinho ruled out for at least five weeks with ankle ligament damage and striker Daniel Sturridge missing again with a calf injury, Woodburn — and Origi with a second goal in as many matches — offered a welcome positive after a difficult few days for the Reds.

It put Liverpool into a record 17th League Cup  semi-final and their fourth in the last six years, having lost the final to Manchester City last season and won the trophy in 2012. Considering most Premier League teams who come to Anfield now look to suffocate their opponents Leeds manager Garry Monk took the
opposite view.

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