Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has praised Liverpool attacker Ben Woodburn after his side managed to sign him on loan.
League One club Blackpool secured the deadline day signing of the 21-year-old on Friday and he’s moved to Bloomfield Road on a short-term loan deal until January.
Woodburn, 21, is a versatile attacker that has come through the academy system with the Merseyside club and he’s played 11 senior games for them, but has been unable to properly force his way into the plans of senior boss Jurgen Klopp.
The Wales international was loaned out to Oxford United last season in League One and was impressing before being ruled out with a long-term injury, but he’s been back in action with the Reds youth team and is set to get another crack now in the third-tier.
Critchley, who previously worked as Liverpool’s Under-23s coach until taking charge at Blackpool, has stated that youngster Woodburn has plenty of ability.
“Ben is a young player with lots of ability and can play in a number of different attacking positions,” Critchley told Blackpool’s official club website.
“I know the quality he can bring to the team, having worked with him previously. I am delighted to welcome him to Blackpool and to be working with him once again.”
Despite the fact there was so much hype surrounding Woodburn when he first broke into the Liverpool side, it now looks unlikely that he will carve out a future at Anfield and the next few months could be crucial to deciding where he ends up.
It will be a big help for him work alongside a familiar face in Critchley and it’s likely he’s going to be used in a central attacking role behind a striker, although he’s also an option for the wide areas too.
He’s not earned an international cap for his country since March 2019 despite featuring in recent squad and his task has to be trying to play regular first-team minutes.