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Fowler backs whiz kid to keep level head

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is confident the club's newly crowned youngest goalscorer Ben Woodburn will not be allowed to let his new-found fame go to his head.

The 17-year-old academy graduate broke Michael Owen's record with a goal against Leeds in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup last week.

Fowler himself scored on his debut aged 18, also in the League Cup, against Fulham, and hit the headlines with five in the return leg, eventually finishing the season with 18 goals.

The Toxteth-born striker was catapulted into the limelight at a young age but was kept grounded by his background and staff at the club and he believes Woodburn will benefit from a similar experience.

"I've heard he's a really level-headed lad and it helps when you're a good player," said Fowler, speaking at the launch of Liverpool's Legends match against Real Madrid which will be held at Anfield on March 25 in aid of the LFC Foundation.

"He's been prolific in all the age groups he's played, but it's important now that he gets well looked after.

"The players and staff at Liverpool know that and they stop you from getting a bit too big for your boots.

"(Manager) Jurgen (Klopp) is very astute when it comes to handling young players and doing what's right for them."

Fowler believes Woodburn has a different task to the one he faced because the youngster has arrived on the scene so quickly.

Woodburn played in a couple of pre-season friendlies, but had to wait until late last month to make his senior debut with an injury-time appearance against Sunderland.

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