Ben Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer when he wrapped up their 2-0 League Cup quarterfinal victory over Leeds.
The teenager volleyed powerfully into the net from close range in front of the Kop in the 81st minute to double Liverpool’s lead and simultaneously erase former England striker Michael Owen from the club’s record books.
At 17 years and 45 days, Woodburn was 98 days younger than Owen when he found the net for the first time in 1997.
It had been a testing evening for Liverpool who were frustrated for the majority of the tie at Anfield before Divock Origi slid home the openerafter 76 minutes.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the academy player.
He says: “We all know how young Woodburn is, but it doesn’t look like this in training sessions.
“It’s a nice story and all the boys are really happy for him. Everybody is smiling in the dressing room.
“We know what Ben is capable of and what he is already able to do.”
On what the German told the young Welshman, Klopp adds: I don’t think it makes sense that I say the obvious things.
“So first of all, I said ‘Well done, but it was not too difficult! I would have scored too if I would have been in the situation!’ That’s maybe the truth. All good.
“Nothing we say here is important enough that it would help Ben Woodburn or myself.
“Tonight it was very important that we could have him on the bench and could bring him into the game, because of our situation in the offensive department.
“[He was] a very important player for us today and he scored a goal, which makes it more enjoyable.”
Liverpool were joined in the last four by Hull City, who got past Championship leaders Newcastle as the visitors missed three penalties in a 3-1 shootout defeat after the match had finished 1-1 at the end of extra time.
LIVERPOOL’S YOUNGEST SCORERS
- Ben Woodburn (17 years, one month, 14 days) v Leeds United, November 29, 2016.
- Michael Owen (17 years, four months, 22 days) v Wimbledon, May 6, 1997.
- Jordan Rossiter (17 years, five months, 30 days) v Middlesbrough, September 23, 2014
- Raheem Sterling (17 years, 10 months, 12 days) v Reading, October 20, 2012
- Jimmy Melia (18 years, one month, 16 days) v Nottingham Forest, December 17, 1955.