Pro­tect Wood­burn af­ter call-up, Klopp tells Wales

Daily Mail - - Football - By DO­MINIC KING

JUR­GEN KLOPP has told Chris Cole­man he has taken on joint re­spon­si­bil­ity for Ben Wood­burn’s de­vel­op­ment af­ter the teenage striker’s shock call-up to the Wales squad. Wood­burn, 17, be­came Liver­pool’s youngest goalscorer this sea­son and could be­come a full in­ter­na­tional af­ter he was named in Wales’s squad for the World Cup qual­i­fier against the Repub­lic of Ire­land. But Klopp is per­plexed both by the se­lec­tion and Wales boss Cole­man fail­ing to get in touch. ‘I was sur­prised about this,’ said Klopp. ‘Usu­ally when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be pos­si­ble to call me.’ Of Wood­burn, who has played seven times for Liver­pool and rep­re­sented Wales at all lev­els up to Un­der 19, Klopp said: ‘He has to learn, he has to de­velop, he has to im­prove, all of this. ‘That’s why I said there are two man­agers re­spon­si­ble for him. Un­til now, it was only my job.’

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