Liverpool’s impressive forward Ben Woodburn could move on a temporary loan deal to Scottish side Hearts to seek valuable playing time.
According to The Athletic, Ben Woodburn could join Hearts on a temporary loan deal until January despite being highly rated by Liverpool. The young forward’s future remains uncertain with a year left on his current contract, while the Reds want him to play regular football between now and January.
Whatever new signings fans are agitating for Liverpool to make before the transfer deadline, the club have a pool of quality forwards. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are unlikely to pave the way for younger forwards to come into the picture.
Liverpool are still in the market for an attacking player. Recently, Jeremy Doku of Rennes got mentioned, while links to long-term target Ismaila Sarr are also picking up steam. However, the club is willing to let one promising forward in Ben Woodburn leave the club, albeit temporarily.
After an impressive pre-season with Liverpool, Woodburn caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp, who remains unsure over the future of the Welsh international. The 21-year-old was part of the Liverpool squad to face Norwich on the opening day and sat on the bench. However, it isn’t easy to see him getting any playing time this season.
Despite his potential, Woodburn may not have enough to dislodge the current established forward line, and a loan might be the best option for the Welsh starlet. There is reported interest from multiple European clubs, but a move to Scottish side Hearts is most interesting for all parties.
Woodburn is expected to move on a temporary loan move until January, then return to the club when they could sit down to evaluate his future. He only has one year left on his deal, and Liverpool might decide whether to offer him a new contract or sell him for a discount around the new year.
The forward seems to have impressed the Liverpool coaching staff, especially assistant manager Pep Ljinders. While he has the backing of the coach, joining Hearts would make sense to play regularly. Woodburn is a versatile attacker who can operate in all positions of a front-three while also equally capable in a No.10 role.
While his intensity in training has shown glimpses of a promising career, it remains to be seen whether that would be with Liverpool or somewhere else. The next six months would be crucial for his development, although he could get ample playing time at Hearts.