Jurgen Klopp open to Ben Woodburn loan move amid West Bromwich Albion links

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Ben Woodburn could pursue a temporary move away from the Merseyside outfit before the transfer window closes next month. The youngster was loaned out to Sheffield United during the first half of the season but the move was far from fruitful with him failing to earn regular game time.

Ultimately, Woodburn returned to the Reds after sustaining an ankle injury in training with the Blades, but he has since recovered from the setback to participate with the first-team in training. Speaking to reporters, Klopp hailed Woodburn as an ‘outstanding talent’ but suggested that the youngster was impatient with the decision-making in the summer.

He added that the youngster could pursue another temporary move away from Anfield after having returned to full fitness after the recent ankle problem, he said: “Ben Woodburn is an outstanding talent, still pretty much a kid, and I am happy to see him here, running around, completely fit and really settled in the squad.

“In the summer, I think he lost a bit of patience and it was really long he was already with us. Then you have a rather average experience at another club and you come back and see here everything is still like it was before. Now he trained [on Friday] for the first time so I think if something happens with a loan, then it will happen at the end of the week.”

Woodburn has the ability to feature across the Reds attack but Klopp may not necessarily offer him gametime during the forthcoming months with the club aiming to secure their maiden Premier League title. As such, it looks worthwhile to pursue a move elsewhere and the Baggies seem the favourites to sign him to replace the departed Harvey Barnes in their ranks. Barnes has recently returned to parent club Leicester City and manager Darren Moore has cited that the club may not pursue another temporary deal for the 21-year-old.