Football: Could 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, Liverpool's youngest-ever scorer, be the next Michael Owen?

Liverpool's Welsh striker Ben Woodburn scoring his team's second goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United, on Nov 29, 2016.
Liverpool's Welsh striker Ben Woodburn scoring his team's second goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and Leeds United, on Nov 29, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn made history as the teenage striker became the club's youngest-ever goal-scorer in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Leeds in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Aged 17 years and 45 days, he enjoyed a moment to remember forever in the 81st minute at Anfield when he fired home in front of the famous Kop End to eclipse the previous record set by Michael Owen, who was 17 years and 143 days old when he scored against Wimbledon in May 1997.

"Another record taken from me!!! Congratulations BenWoodburn on becoming the youngest ever scorer for LFC at 17yrs and 45 days. #KopEnd," Owen tweeted.

Woodburn made his senior debut for Liverpool only on Saturday as a late substitute in a Premier League win over Sunderland - an appearance that made him the club's third-youngest ever first-team player.


Liverpool's Ben Woodburn (left) celebrates Liverpool's 2-0 victory with Trent Alexander-Arnold. PHOTO: EPA

Cheshire-born Woodburn, who recently signed a long-term contract with Liverpool, is a Wales Under-19 international, but he still remains eligible to play for England at senior level.

While it's far too early to say a star was born on Tuesday, Woodburn's impressive pedigree at youth level and his fairy-tale first goal for the Reds suggest he is one to watch.

"Ben, we know how young he is. It's a nice story and all the boys are really happy for him," Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. "Everyone is smiling in the dressing room. It's a good moment for him and a good moment for us."

Liverpool captain Lucas added: "He is a brilliant young player. He did very well. A goal will give him confidence to keep learning."