Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold both rose through the Reds’ ranks together, although Woodburn has now departed Anfield after signing a contract with Championship team Preston.
Ben Woodburn, who is the youngest ever goal scorer for Liverpool, has parted ways with the team.
When he scored in a League Cup victory over Leeds United in November 2016, the 22-year-old made history at Anfield.
This summer, the 22-year-old’s on Merseyside came to an end as he advanced through the Reds’ ranks and left the academy for the first team.
Ben Woodburn, however, left Liverpool when his formal contract expired because he was offered a position in the Championship.
The recent loan stints added to the Wales international’s total of 11 appearances for the team.
He played for Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership last season, and now that he is a free agent, he has joined Deepdale.
When it was revealed that Woodburn was one of seven players whose contracts with Liverpool were up this summer, it was a sad time.
It seems that one player in particular on Merseyside will miss Woodburn.
The Wales international announced his departure on social media, and Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was quick to wish his friend success.
The midfielder and Alexander-Arnold, who is a year older than Woodburn, are good friends and went through the same developmental stages.
“My brother, what a journey,” he said in response to Woodburn’s remark, accompanied by a heart emoji.
It makes it simpler when one of your pals is with you in the group,” Woodburn said in a 2017 interview with Liverpool’s website, shortly after being incorporated into the first team.
“I can always unwind with him. It’s not like you join the squad and don’t know anyone; it’s much simpler if you go with a friend.
It is wonderful to witness the success of someone you know and have essentially grown up with. It’s wonderful to see.”
Although only Alexander-Arnold has gone on to play a major role in Jurgen Klopp’s squad at the time, both he and Woodburn received praise from assistant Pep Lijnders for their attitude and effort.
The Dutchman stated about the pair: “Trent and Ben are often used as an example because they truly are one.
They assist in dispelling many current myths surrounding football, such as the notion that you must be a specific age, a certain size, that you must first go on loan, and other myths.
They constantly challenge each other to improve technically and tactically if you see them after each session and when they are out on the field.”
After his early career breakthrough, Woodburn ultimately struggled to continue at the top level and had a number of fruitless loan stints away from Anfield.
He joined Ryan Lowe’s North End on trial and made an impression enough to earn a one-year contract. He is now looking to make a statement at Deepdale.