Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn has joined League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season.
Woodburn has signed a deal with Blackpool to spend the season in League One as he goes in search of regular first-team football away from Liverpool for the 2020/21 campaign.
According to James Pearce, of The Athletic, Hull City and Sparta Rotterdam were previously interested in signing Woodman, but Blackpool have now sealed a deal to take him on loan.
He becomes the second player to leave Liverpool today after Herbie Kane completed a permanent move to Championship side Barnsley for a fee in the region of £1.25m.
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Woodburn’s lack of progression in recent years has been a real shame after the early promise he showed at Liverpool. He played nine games – including five in the Premier League – for the club in the 2016/17 campaign as a teenager, scoring once, and this put him on the map as a player with plenty of promise. However, he has been unable to kick on in recent years and finds himself going back to League One for game time.
He spent the first half of the 2018/19 season on loan to Sheffield United in the Championship but failed to impress before having his deal cut short. Woodburn only made seven appearances for Chris Wilder’s side and was put back into Liverpool’s under-23 side before spending part of the 2019/20 season on loan to Oxford United in League One.
It is not a permanent exit for Woodburn, though, so there could still be a future for him at Anfield. He could need to have a stellar season at Blackpool to keep the dream alive and convince Jurgen Klopp to give him another chance in the first-team set-up or earn himself a loan move to an upper Championship/lower Premier League side.