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Owen hails Liverpool record-breaker

2016-12-03 12:14
Ben Woodburn (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen admits he is delighted for teenage striker Ben Woodburn, following his record-breaking exploits this week.

At the age of 17 years and 45 days, the academy graduate broke Owen's long-standing record as the youngest ever goalscorer for the Reds - when he scored the second goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Leeds United.

The EFL Cup strike against the Championship side helped Jurgen Klopp's men book a place in the semi-final stage of the competition against Southampton, and Owen is hopeful that the Welsh youth international will enjoy a long and successful career with the European giants.

"I'm absolutely delighted for Ben who is a local lad and lives not far from my stables just outside Chester," he wrote in his weekly BetVictor column.

"I know he is highly regarded by all at the Club and if anyone had to break my record I'm thrilled that it is someone who hails from my part of the world.

"Let's hope this is the catalyst for a great career at Anfield and I can only wish him the very best for a long and successful career."

Owen also congratulated Woodburn on Twitter for breaking his record and was at Anfield to witness it.

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