Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his shock over Wales boss Chris Coleman failing to contact him prior to handing teenage striker Ben Woodburn his maiden international call-up to the senior side.
Woodburn, 17, has previously represented Wales at youth level and has been promoted to the main squad by Coleman for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland. Klopp believes Woodburn’s call-up is premature and has admitted that he wished Coleman had had the courtesy to get in touch as he considers both managers responsible for his development.
“I was surprised about this,” said Klopp. “I don’t know exactly how it’s normal here. This should not be a criticism. But usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call.
“Obviously Ben is happy about it, so I am happy about it so that is the first thing. Do I think [Woodburn’s selection] should be now? I would say probably not. But is it a problem? No.”
Woodburn has made seven appearances for Liverpool this season and netted his first senior goal in the EFL Cup against Leeds in November.