Liverpool have decided that they will not send Ben Woodburn out on loan this month, reports James Pearce of the Echo.
The 18-year-old, who earned his international debut for Wales a few months back under Chris Coleman, was subject to strong interest from Championship side Sunderland currently managed by the former Wales boss.
The Black Cats are in desperate need of an attacker following the recent departures of Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan.
While Woodburn was said to be close to a switch to the Stadium of Light, Jurgen Klopp has apparently changed his mind regarding the attacking midfielder’s future after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Liverpool are expected to reinvest the Coutinho money on new signings as they look to further strengthen the squad including the goalkeeping department but they are unlikely to do that in this window.
Woodburn played 9 times in all competitions for the senior team last season but the Chester born starlet is yet to feature in the Premier League this term and his second-half appearance in our EFL Cup defeat against Leicester City remains his only senior appearance so far.
Klopp admitted last month that he will look to send few of his progressing youngsters out on loan to provide them with regular game-time. While Ryan Kent sealed his move to Bristol City last week, Marko Grujic joined Cardiff City for until the end of the season on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s stance regarding Daniel Sturridge is believed to be a bit different though. According to several reports, the Reds are open to selling the England striker if an offer of around £30m arrives with Inter Milan and Sevilla both remain interested.
A possible departure for Sturridge this month should not hurt us though as the 28-year-old, who is looking to leave to strengthen his World Cup chances, has made almost no impact this season and a move away from Anfield would probably be good for all parties involved.
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