The past, present and future: Ben Woodburn in his own words
There are few things Ben Woodburn hasn’t been able to master during his fledgling career so far, but asking him to summarise the last 12 months of his life is most definitely one of them.
“I can’t really sum it up in one or two words, there are loads of things I could say about it,” he manages, his facial expression offering an insight to the overtime his brain is putting in to find the right words to answer the question.
But Woodburn is in good company as there are few who’d manage to put together the words that would successfully do justice to effectively explain how much has changed in the past year.
He tries again: “My life has obviously changed a lot and I do get the odd few people recognising me and asking for photos or autographs.
“The first time someone stopped me, it was a bit weird for me because I wasn’t used to it at all. A year is quite a long time, so I’ve gotten used to it now.
“All my friends and family still treat me the same, though, so it’s not a massive difference other than the couple of people asking for autographs, but I don’t mind it. It’s all part of it.”
Woodburn is startlingly modest and humble in his answering as he sat down with Liverpoolfc.com at the team hotel in Hong Kong last week, but the truth is things are drastically different now for the 17-year-old.
For starters, when his now full-time teammates were on their tour of the United States in 2016, the forward was with Liverpool’s U23s at a pre-season tournament in Germany.
Since then, nine appearances have been achieved with the first team. Oh, and a call-up to the senior Wales national side.