Oxford United manager Karl Robinson would like to sign Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn on loan next season.

Woodburn has been on loan at Oxford United since July 2019. However, he has struggled with a foot injury since arriving at the League One club.

Despite this being the case, Robinson would like Woodburn to return on loan next season.

“We’d love the opportunity for Ben Woodburn to be back and we want Nathan Holland back with us next year,” Robinson told the Oxford Mail.

“They’re conversations we’re having. We feel it would be right for their careers.

“They are both players who should have come and ripped it up.

“They did when they were fit, but unfortunately the injuries have probably knocked them back six months.

“If we went up we think both of them are Championship players anyway and if we didn’t then we’d have some of the best players in League One.”

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 24: Ben Woodburn of Liverpool is challenged by Brandon O’Neill of Sydney FC during the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Woodburn has only played a total of 13 games for Oxford United in all competitions this season. He has scored one goal and registered five assists, also.

I think a return to Oxford United would not be the worst move for Woodburn.

Liverpool possess players in midfield such as Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Fabinho.

The reality is, Woodburn is not a better footballer than the aforementioned players.

That particular statement can be backed up by the fact that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp kept those aforementioned names this season, and loaned Woodburn out.

As Woodburn has been injured for the majority of this season, he has not been able to improve as a player, which means that he is still behind the likes of Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner and Fabinho.

Woodburn won’t play regularly at Liverpool due to the players currently in front of him. If the 20-year-old returns to Oxford United, he should play on a more regular basis, which should improve his game.

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