Liverpool round-up: Woodburn set for new deal; Coutinho back in training; Gerrard takes charge

Days after Ben Woodburn began his international career with Wales in style as he scored a wonder goal from outside the box to win the game against Austria, the Mirror say that Liverpool have begun talks with the teenager over a professional contract ready for when he turns 18-years-old on October 15th.

The forward, who can play centrally or on the flank, currently earns £40,000 under the club’s wage structure for young players, but that could sky rocket to as much as £25,000 per week. With huge potential, it could prove to be a sound investment in the 17-year-old to secure his future long-term.

One player whose future is less clear is Philippe Coutinho. However, Sky Sports say that the Brazilian has now returned to training with the first team at Melwood after returning from international duty with Brazil. The number ten could even now come into contention for this weekend’s game against Manchester City.

Given the form of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and Coutinho’s lack of game time, it seems highly unlikely that he will start at the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime. He may take up a place on the bench though, depending upon what stance Jurgen Klopp takes.

There is also news regarding a club legend as the Liverpool Echo report that former captain Steven Gerrard will take up the reigns of the under 19s side which will take part in the UEFA Youth League this season. Gerrard will lead the side in the youth equivalent of the Champions League.

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Last time the Reds competed in the competition it gave youngsters like Trent Alexander-Arnold a chance to play against some of the best young players in the world. That opportunity will now be granted to a younger generation and they will undoubtedly benefit from the experience that Gerrard built up across his playing career.

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